The Creative Engine That Could: The Uphill Climb towards Integrating Creative Contribution into Interdisciplinary Collaboration

By Rebecca Sweet, Jaya Rose and Charles Gustina.

Published by The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice

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Creativity is currently a major topic of discussion in many fields. A related development is the increased instance of cross-disciplinary teamwork, aimed at finding new resolutions to previously intractable problems. Our research hypothesis asks the question: Is a cross-disciplinary collaboration more creative if it includes a ‘creatively-trained’ team member, that is, a team member from the realm of art or design? The authors reviewed scholarly studies of how to increase creativity, and its importance in collaborative endeavors. Next, we explored some of the recent literature on cross-disciplinary collaboration, seeking to answer our hypothesis. While the lack of specific standards for assessing creative output makes drawing definitive conclusions difficult, overall response in the literature indicates a positive result from the inclusion of creatively-trained team members. Future investigation would benefit from documentation of case studies to further quantify creative contributions by team members.

Keywords: Creativity, Interdisciplinary, Collaboration

The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice, Volume 9, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.1-9. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 484.722KB).

Prof. Rebecca Sweet

Associate Professor, Interior Design and Merchandising, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA

Asst. Prof. Jaya Rose

Assistant Professor, Department of Interior Design and Merchandising, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA

Assoc. Prof. Charles Gustina

Assistant Professor, Interior Design, Department of Interior Design and Merchandising, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA