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date: 02 April 2020

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Over the last 3 decades, work culture has profoundly reconceptualized play as a creativity stimulant and as a core element of workplace social life. During the early wave of this transition in the 1980s, some organizations merely tolerated employees’ spontaneous playful behaviors, but more recently, a growing number of organizations have deliberately institutionalized specific forms of play as integral to their culture to enhance work practices and creativity. Organizational research has closely followed these developments with an increasing number of studies focusing on workplace play and two closely related concepts, flow and timelessness. This chapter reviews the latest empirical and conceptual advancements in research about play, flow, and timelessness in organizational settings and how they relate to creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Keywords: play, playfulness, flow, timelessness, creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, work culture

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