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Open Access

Degree Name

Creative Studies, M.S.


International Center for Studies in Creativity


Dr. Susan Keller-Mathers

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Developing and Sustaining Creative Workplace Teams: A User’s Guide

This project represents the initial work on a practical guide for managers and their employees on how to fashion and nurture creative teams in the workplace. I believe there is a palpable need for such a guide. Managers realize their success depends on their ability to harness the creativity and innovative talents of their employees, but many of them do not know how. For their part, employees naturally want to maximize their creative talents, but many feel that their creative urges are suppressed by the very managers who want to unleash them. This paper lays out my thinking on the need for such a guide and begins the work to create one. It provides the reader with a cross section of resources on the issue of creative workplace teams and includes the initial two draft sections of the guide. Those sections focus on the critical need for creative teams in organizations today and provide an overview of conditions necessary to develop and maintain a work environment that allows creative teams to flourish.