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The role of space for a paradoxical way of thinking and doing: a study of idea work in architectural firms
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5564-360x
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2665-0233
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration. School of Engineering, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2495-9676
2019 (English)In: Creativity and Innovation Management, ISSN 0963-1690, E-ISSN 1467-8691, Vol. 28, no 2, p. 265-281Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is well established that engaging paradoxes and the role of space are important aspects of idea work. Although the significance has been recognized, studies that focus on the intersection between space and paradox are scarce. Accordingly, this article explores the intersection and focuses on the role of space in idea work characterized by paradoxes. More specifically, the aim of this article is twofold. First, the article aims at identifying the spatial conditions that enable organization members to think and act paradoxically. Second, the article aims at exploring how spatial conditions evoke a paradoxical way of thinking and doing. Based on three Scandinavian architectural firms, and through abductive inference, four spatial conditions are identified and outlined. The conditions are conceptualized as organized chaos, boundary(less)ness, premeditated spontaneity, and (re)framing. From the results, and through the discussion, the notion of “generative space” is introduced to explain the overall importance of spatiality, as well as how the interrelatedness of the conditions facilitates a paradoxical way of thinking and doing in idea work.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2019. Vol. 28, no 2, p. 265-281
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-151500DOI: 10.1111/caim.12288ISI: 000469267200011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-151500DiVA, id: diva2:1245540
Available from: 2018-09-05 Created: 2018-09-05 Last updated: 2019-06-13Bibliographically approved

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