documentary video by Don Ritter
|Preview of Cultivating Innovation • scroll down for complete documentary and individual sections|
|Academic research on digital media technology has existed in various computer science and engineering departments for over 50 years, while similar research has recently become widespread within departments of the arts and humanities. Many academic institutions carrying out these research activities are now devoting considerable human and technical resources in pursuit of innovation with digital media--ranging from the creation of new forms of media content to hardware and software development.
Cultivating Innovation is a documentary about the environmental factors that influence innovation with digital media in academia. Seven full-time international academics and a management consultant--all working with digital media--discuss how the environment created by time, physical, interpersonal, and organizational factors can influence a researcher’s ability to be innovative. The environmental factors discussed by the interviewees concur with comprehensive studies by various psychologists who have examined creativity, innovation, and motivation in the professional workplace. (see references below). The expertise of the interviewees includes architecture, computer science, engineering, game design, music, digital media art, and management.
Cultivating Innovation is intended primarily for academics and academic administrators involved with digital media research, but the findings may be relevant to innovation in any discipline. Cultivating Innovation is an idiographic study where interviewees discuss their experiences with a level of verisimilitude that would be difficult to convey through statistical methods.
"People will not feel motivated if they are not appreciated and organizations that think they can just hire people and stick them in a box are not fundamentally valuing these people as people. It is a fundamental aspect of the human spirit to be entrepreneurial, in other words to innovate. People want to feel valued in relationships, they want to feel appreciated."
Dr Dave Richards, Strategic Innovation Leadership Facilitator, London, UK
|complete documentary of Cultivating Innovation • complete documentary (93:00)|
|Individual sections from the complete video below|
|Part 1 • Innovation and Creativity (14:00)|
|Part 2 • The Interviewees • (4:00)|
|Part 3 • Time (15:00)|
|Part 4 • The Physical Environment • (15:00)|
|Part 5 • The Interpersonal Environment (12:40)|
|Part 6 • The Organizational Environment (32:00)|
Amabile, T. (2013). Componential theory of creativity. In E. Kessler (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Management Theory (pp. 135-140). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.