Quotation Biscaro, Claudio, Montanari, Fabrizio. 2018. Creativity and Networks: addressing the role of individual cognition. Academy of Management, Chicago, IL, United States/USA, 10.08-14.08.




The study of individual creativity has abundantly shed light on the advantages individuals derive from their relational capital. The debate has mostly investigated the kinds of ego-network structures and social ties, namely weak or strong ties, which provide information, support and other resources that individuals can tap into to increase their own creativity. Such a debate however has overlooked how individuals cognize their network, departing from a silent assumption that individuals know what relations they and other establish. Such an absence is particularly salient in light of mounting evidence of the incapacity of individuals to accurately cognize their network. What does that entail on the creativity of individuals? Does the accurate cognition of the social network positively influence individual creativity, as individuals know where to get what they need? The study seeks an answer by administering a questionnaire to and then interviewing all employees and supervisors of a small company in the media industry. Results show that the belief of being part of a cohesive network of advice seeking relationships positively influences individual creativity, and that accuracy of the network cognition decreases individual creativity. Taken together, our results show that creativity draws mostly on motivational and psychological aspects rather than a rational and calculative behavior. Our results contribute to the literatures of social network and creativity, and cognitive networks.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Creativity and Networks: addressing the role of individual cognition.
Event Academy of Management
Year 2018
Date 10.08-14.08
Country United States/USA
Location Chicago, IL
URL https://journals.aom.org/doi/abs/10.5465/AMBPP.2018.16798abstract


Biscaro, Claudio (Former researcher)
Montanari, Fabrizio (Universita' di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy)
Institute for Change Management and Management Development IN (Details)
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