Encounters and Extended Collaborative Creativity: Mobilization of Cultural Resources in the Development of a Functional Food Product

Reijo Miettinen (Corresponding author), Janne Lehenkari

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    Abstract

    The chapter suggests that, in order to make sense of product development work, a sociocultural approach to creativity needs to be complemented by the concept of object-oriented and mediated activity as well as by concepts developed in innovation studies and the history of technology. We introduce the idea of a creative encounter in which agents from different organizations meet and recognize the complementarity of their interests, expertise, and resources. It leads to the emergence of collaborative agency and to a joint project. We analyze the encounters and collaboration in the development of a functional food product called Benecol. The development process was a highly distributed collaborative enterprise to which different stakeholders contributed in various ways and with complementary cultural resources in different phases of the development work.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Creativity and Culture Research
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Pages263-283
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-46344-9
    ISBN (Print)978-1-137-46343-2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2017
    MoE publication typeD2 Article in professional manuals or guides or professional information systems or text book material

    Keywords

    • innovation studies
    • creativity
    • sociocultural approach

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