Found 2 article(s) for author 'Creativity'

The Soul of a Startup

The Soul of a Startup. Ranjay Gulati, July/August 2019, Paper, “There’s an essential, intangible something in start-ups—an energy, a soul. It inspires enthusiasm and fosters a sense of deep connection and mutual purpose. While this spirit persists, engagement is high and businesses keep their edge. But all too often, companies lose their souls as they mature. Firms add new systems and structures and bring in experienced professionals—and in the process somehow crush their original energizing spirit. In research into more than a dozen fast-growth ventures and 200-plus interviews with founders and executives, the author has discovered how firms can overcome this problem. His work shows that there are three crucial dimensions to a start-up’s soul: business intent, or a loftier reason for being; unusually close customer connections; and an employee experience characterized by autonomy and creativity—by “voice” and “choice.” All three provide meaning to stakeholders. Drawing on the experiences of Netflix, Warby Parker, Study Sapuri, and others, this article describes how sizable companies can still protect and nurture the three elements. Doing that is the secret to staying great as you grow.Link

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Creativity Under Fire: The Effects of Competition on Creative Production

Creativity Under Fire: The Effects of Competition on Creative Production. Daniel Gross, August 1, 2015, Paper. “Though fundamental to innovation and essential to numerous occupations and industries, the creative act has received limited attention in economics and has historically proven difficult to study. This paper studies the incentive effects of competition on individuals’ creative production. Using a sample of commercial logo design competitions, and a novel, content-based measure of originality, I find that competition has an inverted-U effect on creativity: some competition is necessary to induce agents to explore radically novel…” Link

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