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Chapter 5: Knowledge, Creativity, and Innovation
Knowledge, Creativity, and Innovation
Science is organized knowledge.
Knowledge acquisition through creativity and innovation is the focus of this chapter. In order to explore the relationship between these three entities, we need to look more closely at what we mean by creativity and innovation. It will then be possible to assess how knowledge management can contribute to the creative process, and therefore to innovation.
The terms ‘creativity’ and ‘innovation’ are often used interchangeably, and increasingly so. Although I follow this practice, I will also point to an important distinction between what they designate. Therefore the chapter begins by considering what creativity is and how it relates to innovation. Then it turns to the topic of organizing knowledge for creativity and innovation; here ...