Exploring the Application of Design Thinking in the Leadership Development of Creative Industry Business

Lisa Bradley, Karise Hutchinson*, Rachael Fergie, Justin Magee

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Abstract

Notwithstanding the growing contribution and recognition of the Creative Industries (CI), it has been reported that CI businesses are lacking modern leadership, commercial confidence, and acumen to realise their growth potential and take risks (Bazalgette, 2017; DCMS, 2016; PwC, 2015). It is argued that developing the leadership skills of small business ownermanagers can lead to increased business growth (Smith et al., 2017). Yet, there is a lack of leadership programs designed to meet current challenges facing business owners and
managers in the CI (NESTA, 2013). This is especially evident in terms of the unique circumstances of micro businesses (Armstrong and Page, 2015; Reinl and Kelliher, 2014), which make of the majority of CI firms. It has been argued that unique ‘creative’ leaders should be shaped with models relating to the creative context (Clore Leadership Programme, 2002). Therefore, by acknowledging Design Thinking (DT) as a ‘creative thought process’ (Ingle, 2013), this paper seeks to explore the use of DT in the CI and how it may be applied in a leadership development programme for micro business owners.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBritish Academy of Management Annual Conference 2018: Driving Productivity in Uncertain and Challenging Times: Proceedings
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherBritish Academy of Management
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9956413-1-0
ISBN (Print)978-0-9956413-1-0
Publication statusPublished - 06 Sep 2018
EventProceedings of British Academy of Management: Driving Productivity in Uncertain and Challenging Times: Leadership and Leadership Development Track - Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: 04 Sep 201806 Sep 2018
Conference number: 32
https://www.bam.ac.uk/civicrm/event/info?id=3337

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of British Academy of Management: Driving Productivity in Uncertain and Challenging Times
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBristol
Period04/09/201806/09/2018
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