I finally submitted my first article to a cool peer-reviewed journal. Excitedly waiting the reviewers response…
Playing at work: professionals’ conceptions of the
functions of play on organizational creativity.
Samuel West, Eva Hoff, Ingegerd Carlsson
Department of Psychology, Lund University
The notions of creativity consultants on how play promotes workplace creativity was investigated. Play is often used by creativity trainers to promote creative performance. Seventeen experienced professionals were interviewed. The informants considered play to facilitate group creativity by increasing the openness, intrinsic motivation and collaboration. Play was discouraged by a stressful, fun-phobic organization and when play was non-voluntary. Play was encouraged by permission to play, that leaders demonstrated playfulness, a certain degree of structure and that the activity was matched to the group. The use of competition and seriousness in play was controversial. A tentative model of play for organizational creativity was developed.
Key words: play, playfulness, innovation, organizational creativity, creativity training