Posted by: Xhyra Graf | 19 January 2007

Model 14

The System Model

This model might be an obvious candidate for the next type of creativity models–the system models. However, this model is really a social model that gave rise to later systems models as an entire family of related creativity models (Csikszentmihalyi, 1996; Feldman et al, 1994).

In that way, this is a particularly fecund type of model. This model introduced into creativity research the idea that fields of people judging a domain could have traits that made them more or less creative, regardless of the traits of the creative individual people in that field. Also, the knowledge domains such fields administered might have their own traits that fostered or hindered creativity. This model de-individualized creativity research and opened up research into traits of fields and domains, where before it was only traits of creators and creativeworks that were investigated.

The key concepts in this model are person, work, field and domain. Creativity is a social judgement process made by a group of people, the field, responsible for a domain of knowledge, the domain, on the work done by an individual or group. As a social judgement, creativity is subject to all the group dynamics, persuasion, social psychology, culture, and other influences of any other human social activity.



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