Accounting Conference on Creativity
| Peter Klein |
Hold your accountant jokes, everybody, because the journal Accounting, Organizations, and Society, along with IESE Business School and Sda Bocconi School of Management, is sponsoring a workshop on creativity and it looks really interesting. The workshop, “Debating the Link Between Creativity and Control,” takes place 4–5 April 2011 in Barcelona. Here’s the blurb:
Creativity is more important today than ever before. In fact, in current hypercompetitive environments, where the comparative advantage is easily eroded by technological evolution and by imitative or innovative action of competitors, firms can only react by means of creative processes aimed at renewing market strategies and product lines. Different streams of research on creativity have been developed over time, evolving from different sources, focusing on somewhat different aspects and suggesting a rich set of managerial results.
The aim of the workshop is to start an interdisciplinary debate on creativity, calling together contributors from psychology, sociology, management, and accounting domains. The discussion will explore the link between creativity and control, seen as a promising stream of research not only because of its infancy but most important because of its relevance to the world of management. The event will contribute to unveiling how the dialog between different disciplinary perspectives may lead to a deeper understanding on how to control creativity processes, thanks to the potential synergies deriving from the study of this phenomenon from different theoretical angles.
Further details and submission info below the fold.
This workshop seeks to bring together academics from different domains — such as psychology, sociology, management, and accounting — to discuss the above mentioned key research themes from a broader multidisciplinary perspective.
While prospective contributors may cover a wide range of themes, the following areas provide an indication of some of the topics that may be analyzed:
- Factors affecting creativity in the realm of managerial decision making.
- Alternative collaborative social structures in shaping individual creativity.
- A metrical approach to creativity, proposing performance measurement frameworks and reward systems to sustain creative behaviour.
- The impact of individual differences, intrinsic motivation and risk taking on employees’ creativity.
- The conflict, political influence and negotiated order embedded in the management control of collective creativity processes.
- Leaders control orientation in creative settings.
- The relevance of time in the description of control processes in the environments for creativity.
- Individual-group-organization integrated frameworks for understanding management control in creative work domains.
Conference papers must be submitted by email before 30 November 2010 to Prof. Christopher Chapman (Christopher.firstname.lastname@example.org) and Prof. Antonio Davila (ADavila@iese.edu) and Prof. Angelo Ditillo (email@example.com). Authors will be notified of their acceptance to the workshop by 20 January 2011. A financial contribution towards conference expenses will be made to authors of accepted papers.
Authors of selected papers from the conference will be invited to submit revised papers for a special issue of Accounting, Organizations, and Society, subject to the normal review process of the journal.