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Componential Theory of Creativity

The componential theory of creativity is a comprehensive model of the social and psychological components necessary for an individual to produce creative work. The theory is grounded in a definition of creativity as the production of ideas or outcomes that are both novel and appropriate to some goal. In this theory, four components are necessary for any creative response: three components within the individual— domain-relevant skills, creativity-relevant processes, and intrinsic task motivation—and one component outside the individual—the social environment in which the individual is working. The current version of the theory encompasses organizational creativity and innovation, carrying implications for the work environments created by managers. In this entry, the components of creativity and how they influence the creative process are defined along with a description ...

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