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  • Creative connectivity project - A network based approach to understand correlations between interdisciplinary group dynamics and creative performance

Torrisi, Savina, Manfredi, Sabato, Iacopini, Iacopo and Latora, Vito, 2019, Conference or Workshop, Creative connectivity project - A network based approach to understand correlations between interdisciplinary group dynamics and creative performance at International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Glasgow, UK, 12-13 Sep 2019.

Abstract or Description:

Creativity, technology and innovation are fundamental driving forces that often trigger behavioural and cultural changes in our societies. Several studies on creative collaborations emphasise the interconnection between the creation of innovation and interdisciplinarity. Studying the interdisciplinary processes through which innovation is generated is thus of fundamental importance. The Creative Connectivity project investigates the links between group dynamics and interdisciplinary creative processes in the attempt to identify the emergence of meaningful behavioural patterns. Taking the Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) programme at the Royal College of Art as a case study, the research addresses the need to develop a more rigorous understanding of the creation of innovation fostered by diversity, a risk-taking culture and acceptance of failure. A novel approach combining data science and network theory has been developed to monitor, quantify and analyse specific dynamics of interdisciplinary groups of students at the IDE programme. The focus was to investigate the network contribution to the performance of a team in an environment that is naturally interdisciplinary by using data respectively from a bespoke developed web application and a conversation activity monitoring system. Initial findings have shown the potential of this approach to unveiling the hidden mechanisms behind creativity and the production of innovation through interdisciplinary approaches. The results of this research could be of interest for universities, research centres, start-ups incubators, and policymakers who want to foster creativity and trigger innovative processes.

Official URL: https://www.designsociety.org/publication/42217/DS...
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
School or Centre: School of Design
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.35199/epde2019.24
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2019 14:00
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2019 14:00
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4093

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