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The impact of contemporary dance methods on innovative competence development
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6920-0428
2018 (English)In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978, Vol. 85, p. 494-503Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article presents a case of Swedish municipality to demonstrate how principles from contemporary dance and choreography can be used to design and implement long-term artistic interventions on strategic level and enable employees' innovative competence development. The study described is a 2-year participatory action research project with practice-based training for 22 innovation leaders from different parts of organization. The results show that dance-based methods enabled participants to develop different innovative skills and strengthened their innovative competence. Unique contributions of dance methods are highlighted with the focus on providing a more humanistic and bottom-up approach to enabling innovation, balancing external organizational goals with the needs and drives of each individual. Choreographic tools provided an innovative frame of thinking about using body, movement, space and time in new ways in everyday work to enable individuals to feel better, develop their personal innovative practice and create conditions they need to be innovative.

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ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC , 2018. Vol. 85, p. 494-503
Keywords [en]
Innovative competence, Competence development, Innovation, Contemporary dance, Choreography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-38984DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2017.10.028ISI: 000428227100047OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-38984DiVA, id: diva2:1197329
Available from: 2018-04-12 Created: 2018-04-12 Last updated: 2018-07-09Bibliographically approved
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1. Choreographing innovative practice in everyday work
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Choreographing innovative practice in everyday work
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The thesis argues for a humanistic and democratic approach to innovation management that puts employees and their engagement in the center of organizational efforts for innovation. It proposes that a culture for innovation can be built by enabling all employees to develop their innovative practice as part of their everyday work and not as an extra activity on top of their existing responsibilities. The aim of this approach to innovation is to build more human-centered organizations that help employees improve their own motivation, creativity, well-being, and self-fulfillment at work. This presupposes that they need to be able to connect with their body, feelings, fantasy, intuition, and will, and to be able to innovate more from within, balancing external expectations from management and users with their own personal needs. Since there is a lack of discussing embodied aspects of knowledge and learning in connection to innovative competence in the current innovation management literature, knowledge and methods from contemporary dance and choreography are explored to support a more holistic approach to innovative competence development. Based on integrating research from both innovation management and contemporary dance fields, a model of innovative practice in everyday work is developed. The model suggests what kind of skills and activities can enable employees develop their personal innovative practice that is adjusted to their work context and their specific needs. It is proposed that as employees practice innovating in everyday work, they will slowly move from innovating incrementally towards developing the competence for more radical innovation. Different practical tools and exercises for enabling innovative competence development that were inspired by choreographic practices, and adjusted and tested in organizational context are described. Ideas around how contemporary dance and choreography can be used to design and implement long-term art-based interventions in organizations that can create value on strategic level are proposed.  The research approach used in the thesis is participatory action research done by several iterative cycles between practice and theory. Two empirical and two theoretical studies that were part of the research process are presented. The empirical studies were implemented in the Eskilstuna municipality and at the Art of Management and Organization conference. The theoretical studies were performed in the fields of innovative competence and contemporary dance and choreography. 

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Eskilstuna: Mälardalen University Press, 2018
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Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 271
Keywords
innovative competence, Competence development, Innovation, Contemporary dance, Choreography
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Engineering and Technology Other Engineering and Technologies
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urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-40211 (URN)978-91-7485-398-8 (ISBN)
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2018-10-22, Filen, IDT, Smedjegatan 37, Eskilstuna, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2018-07-09 Created: 2018-07-09 Last updated: 2018-07-09Bibliographically approved

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