As a researcher I thrive in settings in which I can explore creativity and innovation and how people interact and learn in various contexts.
Parts of my reserach focus has been on Organizational creativity - which is a precondition of innovation. Consequently, organizational creativity is a field that is becoming more and more important in organizations aiming to survive and thrive in our complex knowledge society. Organizational creativity can be defined as “the creation of a valuable, useful new product, service, idea, procedure, or process by individuals working together in a complex social system” (Woodman, Sawyer, & Griffin, 1993, p. 293). Further, in this thesis creativity is understood as a collaborative process (Moran, 2010b).
My first aim in my research on organizational creativity is to provide a deeper insight into organizational creativity and how group members develop innovative ideas through collaboration. The second aim is to enhance the understanding of organizational creativity by connecting it to knowledge processes. The third aim is to add conceptualizations and models describing how innovative ideas are developed in multidisciplinary groups. To address these aims, this research focused on investigating the creative knowledge processes in multidisciplinary groups working with developing innovative ideas. The focus is on the relational processes and the social interaction and how the group members use mediating tools when they co-construct new knowledge and ideas across disciplines. This project views knowledge as an act of creation and is thus within a con