Book Chapter: Behind the Scenes with Creative Processes in Multidisciplinary Groups

November 27, 2018


SLATE theme leader, Ingunn Johanne Ness, has written a book chapter in the recently published, “Palgrave Handbook of Social Creativity Research”.



Most of the eminent researchers in this field have contributed a chapter to the book, including Robert Sternberg. With already more than 1000 downloads of the electronic version, the book is part of a Series, entitled, Series Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture. It is edited by Izabela Lebuda and Vlad Petre Glăveanu.


Publisher Palgrave Macmillan writes that the book

  • offers new and ground-breaking angles within creativity studies

  • includes perspectives on universal methods from Europe, USA, Canada and South America

  • provides insights on future directions for creativity studies




Behind the Scenes in Creative Processes

Ness has written a chapter in the book entitled, “Behind the Scenes: How to Research Creative Processes in Multidisciplinary Groups”. In the chapter she discusses using an ethnographic approach to study real-world innovation in knowledge intensive organisations. She says that such organisations are interested in creativity and innovation research to help them better respond to rapidly changing market economies.


In her discussion, Ness builds on theoretical premises to study best-practice approaches for multidisciplinary group problem-solving.


Quotes from some book reviews:

“This Handbook is the most comprehensive international coverage of the newest tendencies in research on creativity from the perspective of its social regulation. While the notion of creativity carries with it a positive value in everyday speech, its social role is very complex—it can be appreciated, or declaratively highlighted, or even suppressed in those domains that are inherently competing with the holders of social power in a society.  This Handbook provides the readers with a cross section of all the complexity of creativity and of the methodologies of its investigation, and is the basic resource for anybody who wants to understand how contemporary social sciences try to make sense of this exciting but complicated knowledge domain.” (Jaan Valsiner, Professor of Cultural Psychology, Aalborg University)


“Creativity does not happen in a vacuum. The work of even the most isolated and recluse of creators is influenced at every turn by historical, cultural, subcultural, environmental and interpersonal factors. And yet very few creativity researchers and theorists have chosen to move beyond an almost exclusive focus on the individual. Until now. At long last, this research lens is broadening and insight into the social underpinnings of creativity is blossoming. This book offers the first comprehensive and international investigation of the new questions and research methodologies being explored. Well-known, established researchers join forces with more junior colleagues to offer highly readable and exciting windows into the much-needed study of the social context of creativity.” (Professor Beth A. Hennessey, Professor of Psychology, Wellesley College, USA)


Palgrave Handbook of Social Creativity Research

  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-95498-1

  • DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-95498-1

  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-95497-4

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