This article provides insights into how the collective creativity process is enacted within a multi-actor cross-sector partnership and how brokers, as individuals, impacted this process through their behaviors. Given the challenge cross-sector partnerships face to come out with collective and inter-disciplinary novel ideas for answering wicked problems, we underline the relevance of the creative process for their success, and thus the importance of scrutinizing this phenomenon in these settings, which is rather overlooked in the literature. Adopting the framework suggested by Perry-Smith and Mannucci (2017), we analyzed the collective creativity process dividing it into five phases – idea generation, elaboration, championing, production and impact – and we uncovered the intangible and primary needs that the group of partners faced during each phase. Acknowledging the key role that brokers play in supporting partners during the whole partnership cycle and in facilitating the collective creative process, we identified the behaviors and functions that individual brokers enacted within the different phases of the whole idea journey in response to these collective needs.

Opening the black box of brokering: exploring brokers’ behaviors within the collective creativity process in a cross-sector partnership

Sala Irene
;
Boari Cristina
2019

Abstract

This article provides insights into how the collective creativity process is enacted within a multi-actor cross-sector partnership and how brokers, as individuals, impacted this process through their behaviors. Given the challenge cross-sector partnerships face to come out with collective and inter-disciplinary novel ideas for answering wicked problems, we underline the relevance of the creative process for their success, and thus the importance of scrutinizing this phenomenon in these settings, which is rather overlooked in the literature. Adopting the framework suggested by Perry-Smith and Mannucci (2017), we analyzed the collective creativity process dividing it into five phases – idea generation, elaboration, championing, production and impact – and we uncovered the intangible and primary needs that the group of partners faced during each phase. Acknowledging the key role that brokers play in supporting partners during the whole partnership cycle and in facilitating the collective creative process, we identified the behaviors and functions that individual brokers enacted within the different phases of the whole idea journey in response to these collective needs.
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