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date: 14 July 2020

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The success of many organizations depends on creativity, the production of original problem solutions, and innovation—the translation of these solutions into viable new products or processes. Traditionally, it was held that leaders have little influence on the work of creative people. More recent research, however, indicates that leadership may be critical to the success of creative efforts in organizations. This chapter argues that leaders of creative efforts must execute three key functions: (1) directing the work, (2) leading people doing the work, and (3) managing relationships with the organization. Key issues arising in the execution of each of these functions are examined. Directions for future research are discussed.

Keywords: creativity, innovation, leadership, project management, research and development

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