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Discussion 1: Organizational Support for Creativity

Google is famous for offering all of its engineers “20%” time; that is, each engineer can take 20%% of their working hours, equivalent to one day a week, to work on any project of their choice. This can involve fixing errors or bugs that they have independently noticed, developing new features for existing projects, or creating entirely new services. Google’s engineers have initiated some of Google’s most popular and innovative offerings during their “20%” time.

Google’s support for fostering a creative climate is extensive, to the point of allowing employees to self-determine a significant part of their workload. Have you ever worked at an organization that supported your creativity in unique and specific ways? In this week’s Discussion, you will assess your organization’s support for organizational creativity.

For this week’s Discussion, you will need to take the organizational-creativity assessment in this week’s interactive media piece titled: Dimensions of a creative working climate. Use this creativity assessment to assess an organization for which you have worked or with which you are familiar.

Post by Day 3 results from taking the organizational creativity assessment, including:

  • A description of the organization you selected for the organizational creativity assessment (i.e., is the organization small or large and what was your level/position within the organization or from what level/position are you making the assessment, etc.).
    • Use these designations to describe the size of your company:
      • Small organization: Below 500 employees
      • Medium-sized organization: 500 to 1,000 employees
      • Large organization: 1,000 or above employees
    • The level/position relates to the level of management from which the assessment is made (i.e., from a first level management level or from an executive level management level)
  • Describe the leadership, environment, and process factors specific to both individuals as well as teams that contribute to a creative climate. Make sure to compare and contrast how well these factors affect individual team creativity climate vs. team creativity climate. Consider leadership and influence at multiple levels of the organization.
  • Next, describe the results of the creativity assessment you took. Explain how your organization fared according to the assessment. Summarize in your own words the salient points referring to existing creative practices that were assessed.
  • Identify the dimensions of creativity at the organization that you ranked the highest and the lowest. Evaluate how the rank of these dimensions explains the organizational climate for creativity. Include whether the summary and suggestions provided by the assessment are supported by your experience or observations.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings. Make sure to find posts where the organization presented was different in size (large vs. small) or where your colleague assessed the organization from a different organizational level (e.g., top level vs. middle level management). Compare your colleagues’ experiences and assessments with your own, giving careful thought to how these dimensions might have impacted the results.

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