Composing the self: creative identity work

Christine Coupland, Charlotte Gilmore, Nic Beech

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There is currently academic interest in the process of creativity based on creative workers in corporate contexts. We develop this body of knowledge by looking at how creative working by independent musicians offers an opportunity for understanding collective creativity as a self and other organizing process. In the paper we draw upon empirical material from a study of musicians who were placed in a time-limited, project-work situation to produce a collection of songs for a forthcoming charity event, thus resonating with more commercially oriented creative projects. We utilize the empirical material to address the question, how do creative workers affirm their creative identities in organized project work? Our findings suggest that particular versions of selves are called upon to adapt to and survive the organizing process which has impact upon the creative acts themselves, calling for privacy to ‘sing out of tune’ from time to time and thus has implications for managing these processes.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2014
Event11th International Conference on Organizational Discourse, Cardiff University, 2014 - cardiff, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Jul 201411 Jul 2014


Conference11th International Conference on Organizational Discourse, Cardiff University, 2014
CountryUnited Kingdom

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