Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE A Culture for Creativity in Organisations

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT E de Bono Inst. for the Design & Dev of Thinking

DESCRIPTION This study-unit focuses on organisational culture and its influence on creativity and creative behaviour. Organisational culture is a complex set of shared symbols and meanings that members assign to what goes on in an organisation on a daily basis. Values, stories, rituals and material manifestations are all indicative of the deeply held assumptions and values of an organisation.

This study-unit will allow students to understand what organisational culture is and to appreciate it as a dynamic process that is able to facilitate or hinder creativity in organisations. The unit will develop an understanding of the relevant literature and the practical implications of the influence of organisational culture and climate on creativity. The unit will also provide case studies of organisations that have the required conditions to foster creativity and innovation.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to develop an understanding of organisational culture and organisational creativity and to explore the relationship between the two. The study-unit will provide an understanding of culture as a dynamic process. Using case studies and academic literature the aim is to provide a balance between theory and practice in the fields of organisational creativity and culture.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Define and explain organisational climate and culture;
- Examine theoretical perspectives on organisational culture and and creativity;
- Explain the interrelationship between organisational culture and creativity;
- Discuss how an organisational culture can be developed to support creativity.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Examine their own assumptions and values about the development of creativity in organisations;
- Explore how organisational culture affects creativity;
- Recognize the links between organisational culture and creativity from case studies;
- Appreciate organisational culture as a dynamic process that is able to facilitate or hinder creativity;
- Appreciate the importance of establishing and maintaining the right climate and culture for organisational creativity to flourish.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text:

Alvesson, M. (2012). Understanding Organizational Culture: Second Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Supplementary Readings:

- Linstead, S. and Grafton-Small, R. (1992). On Reading Organizational Culture. Organization Studies. Vol. 13, 331-355.
- Martin, J. (2002). Organizational culture: Mapping the terrain. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
- Martins, E.C. and Terblanche, F. (2003). Building organisational culture that stimulates creativity and innovation. European Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp.64 - 74.
- McLean, L. M. (2005). ‘Organizational Culture’s Influence on Creativity and Innovation: A Review of the Literature and Implications for Human Resource Development’. Advances in Developing Human Resources. Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 226-246.
- Pervaiz, A. K. (1998) Culture and climate for innovation. European Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. 1 No. 1, pp.30 - 43.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study and Practical

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Reflective Diary Yes 50%
Workbook Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Shirley Pulis Xerxen

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