Eventisation as product of socio-spatial dynamics at creativity-enhancing workplaces

Authors: Anna Growe*, Heidelberg University, Madeleine Wagner, Heidelberg University
Topics: Urban Geography, Economic Geography, Qualitative Research
Keywords: Temporary spatial proximity, innovation, creativity, work process
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Cleveland 2, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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With the rising knowledge economy in recent years, companies face new challenges and, thus, new ways of organizing work processes. In this context, creativity and the ability to develop tailor-made solutions have become more important.
This empirical paper contributes to the conceptualization of the interplay of time, place and social practices in creative work processes. Following Rutten (2017) and his argument that the creation of knowledge is influenced by steady socio-spatial dynamics, we develop the hypothesis, that not only people and networks are important for the process of knowledge creation, but also the quality of place is a necessary condition to trigger creativity in work processes.
In this context, the innovation method of design thinking will be analyzed as a tool that aims on supporting creative tailor-made solutions by combining the elements place (physical), people (social) and process (time-dynamic). The paper unpacks the interrelation of three types of creative support physical places can provide (psychosocial, inspirational and functional support) and the three elements of place, people and process. It will be discussed in what way the elements of place, people and process contribute to creating a creativity-enhancing workspace and affective atmospheres in temporary spatial proximity. Based on guideline-based interviews with both suppliers as well as participants of workshops offering the method of design thinking, (i) eventisation within the innovation process and (ii) interaction in temporary spatial proximity are identified as important prerequisites to support creative knowledge generating processes.

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