People tend to think of creativity and strategy as opposites. This book argues that they are far more similar than we might expect. More than this, actively aligning creative and strategic thinking in any enterprise can enable more effective innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and organizing for the future.
By considering strategy as a creative process (and vice versa), the authors define ‘creative strategy’ as a mindset which switches between opposing processes and characteristics, and which drives every aspect of the business. The authors draw experiences and cases from across this false divide – from the music industry, sports, fashion, Shakespearean theatre companies, creative and media organizations and dance, as well as what we might regard as more mundane providers of mainstream products and services – to uncover the creative connections behind successful strategy.
“Creative Strategy is a talisman for those looking to take a new path”
Matt Hardisty, Strategy Director, Mother Advertising
“It has been said that business is a hybrid of dancing and calculation – the former incorporating the creative within a firm, the latter the strategic. Bilton and Cummings show how these apparently contradictory processes can be integrated. Their insights about how firms can ‘create to strategize’ and ‘strategize to create’ are informative for managers and management scholars alike.”
Jay Barney, Professor and Chase Chair of Strategic Management, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University
“In today’s world, new thinking – creativity – is required to tackle long-standing problems or address new opportunities. The trouble is few organizations understand how to foster and apply creativity, at least in any consistent manner. This book provides new insights into just how that can be done. It moves creativity from being just the occasional, and fortuitous, flash of inspiration, to being an embedded feature of the way the organization is run.”
Sir George Cox, Author of the Cox Review of Creativity in Business for HM Govt., Past Chair of the Design Council
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Academics Chris Bilton and Stephen Cummings propose making creativity a part of your daily operations. With graphics and examples from business, life, literature and the rehearsal room at England's Royal Shakespeare Company, the authors demonstrate why success requires carefully managed and nurtured innovation. Their writing, unfortunately, is dry, dense, and enamored of jargon and references to obscure footballers, among other incongruous examples. Nonetheless, getAbstract recommends this innovative treatise to corporate CEOs, overhaul specialists, troubleshooting consultants, middle managers, business historians and anyone who wants to visit the juncture of left and right brain to see how they can merge to produce effective strategy.
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