Track 3

Creative interaction and artistic practices in workgroup

In creative group processes, ideas and understanding emerges through social interaction. A fundamental challenge for workgroups’ creativity is how to enable a fruitful combination of differences - that all members contribute towards mutually shared goals. Artistic practices can help deal with challenging situations. The arts have been utilized strategically to sharpen skills needed in day-to-day work performance such as communication and interaction, or have contributed to practical outcomes such as developing ideas and strategies for reflection and learning from experiences.
 
This track creates a space for multi-voiced dialogue at the cross-roads of research and the arts. When the skills and knowing of art practitioners meet those of researchers, it turns out to be fruitful, inspiring, creative and challenging.
 
What can business teams learn from the performing arts such as applied theatre:
• What are the challenges and opportunities? 
• Competences and processes for combining differences? 
• Forms of leadership and management, to establish emergence and self-organization? 
• Group processes that develop my or our ideas - a matter of listening? etc.

We invite researchers from fields such as social science and psychology, arts and humanities, innovation, management and design, as well as artists who applying their skills and thinking for business, public and third sector organizations, to participate in this track. Besides scientific papers, we open the opportunity for artists and actors to demonstrate work methods enabling creative group interaction and exchange.

Track Chairs

 

Anne Pässilä

Anne Pässilä

Dr Anne Pässilä is senior researcher at Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland. She is also Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Chester, Research into Education, Creativity and Arts through Practice –research center and a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts.

Anne plays a significant role in creating both practical and conceptual understanding on how to increase human potential with arts-based methods in organizational contexts. Her doctoral thesis (2012) on research-based theatre reflects on this topic. Her current work in ArtsEqual Research Initiative focuses on social systems, mechanisms of inequality and art-based social engagement in designing public service, a public one-stop, low-threshold guidance service for young adults in Finland.  She continues to publish on the critical approach and practices to the arts-based research in learning and development.

 

 

Bengt Köping Olsson


Bengt Köping Olsson

Bengt Köping Olsson is a Senior Lecturer in Innovation Science at Mälardalen University. He has a background as musician and received his PhD in Innovation and design in 2008, specialized in group creativity and descriptive language in groups of professionals within industrial design and improvising musicians. His research is focused on ideation processes through coordination that enables openness, diversity and group flow. Bengt has been involved in multi-disciplinary development projects involving the public sector, industry and academia, current research is an ongoing evaluation during implementation of innovation strategies for service innovation at four workplaces in the health care.