Towards a model of stimulants and obstacles to individual creativity in construction

Dickinson, MT 2004, Towards a model of stimulants and obstacles to individual creativity in construction , MRes thesis, University of Salford.

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Abstract

One issue that might account for successful innovation in construction is the work environment for creative thinking and idea generation. This dissertation aims to identify potential stimulants and obstacles in the construction work environment that influence creative behaviour. The research presented here is based on a review of general creativity, innovation and construction innovation literatures. A theoretical model of stimulants and obstacles was developed from the literature review. The theoretical model was tested in four case studies with senior construction practitioners. The results of the case studies were analysed and the theoretical model was found to be robust, but some refinement of the model took place to produce a working model of stimulants and obstacles to creativity in construction. The working model reveals potential stimulants and obstacles to creativity at four levels of analysis: the environmental external of organisations; the organisational level; the project team level and the job role level. The conclusion is made that a great deal of the influences to individual creativity in construction are under the control of supervisors and project managers, however, other construction stakeholders can also play important roles in fostering creativity.

Item Type: Thesis (MRes)
Contributors: Eaton, D (Supervisor)
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2021 13:59
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 21:54
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/61060

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