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Identifying and managing creative tasks in collaborative IS research projects

Companies react to challenges in today's business and information technology environment by building their research capacities and engaging directly in the development of innovative solutions, services, and business models. Collaborative research projects require a high amount of creativity to create innovative results. Project management has to ensure that it recognizes and encourages creativity. This can be done successfully only if the nature of creative tasks is well understood. The current literature on creativity provides a well-accepted model to characterize creativity. Based on a literature review and case study, the authors transfer the findings into the context of collaborative information systems (IS) research projects and evaluate their applicability. The paper presents the results of the analysis and provides criteria and characteristics for the identification of creative tasks in collaborative IS research projects and a set of specific task types.
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