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How do leaders facilitate creative processes in multidisciplinary groups?

Are you a leader in an organization? Or are you perhaps a teacher aiming to orchestrate your classroom in a way that stimulates creativity?

Research on how creativity can be facilitated shows that

- in order to enable innovative idea development in multidisciplinary groups, the leaders facilitated the creative processes through what I have chosen to call “Polyphonic Orchestration”. By this, I refer to the way the leaders stimulated imagination and the development of innovative ideas by paying attention to the polyphony in diverse experiences and by encouraging various roles among the group members.

Read more:

Ness, I. J., & Søreide, G. E. (2014). The Room of Opportunity: Understanding phases of creative knowledge processes in innovation. Journal of Workplace Learning, 26(8), 545-560. doi:

Ness, I. J., & Riese, H. (2015). Openness, curiosity and respect: Underlying conditions for developing innovative knowledge and ideas between disciplines. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, 6(September 2015), 29-39. doi:

Ness, I. J. (2017). Polyphonic Orchestration: Understanding how leaders facilitate creative knowledge processes in multidisciplinary groups working with innovation. European Journal of Innovation Management.


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