*Mark Bailey, Northumbria University, UK
Brian Harney, Dublin City University; Ireland
Katja Mihelič, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
John McCardle, Loughborough University, UK
*contact: mark.bailey@northumbria.ac.uk

Creative confidence, as David Kelley describes it is “the ability to come up with new ideas and the courage to try them out”. We expect to see this in design innovation practice and education. However, it is not the sole preserve of those trained in the traditional creative disciplines, rather, it is a permissive mind-set that underpins a set of behaviours that are pivotal to harnessing creative endeavour for business transformation and new business creation.

Promoting the development of creative confidence requires creating environments that support stakeholders to; understand and accept risk; embrace and exploit ambiguity and uncertainty; and learn from failure. These aspects are taken for granted within design and innovation education and practice settings.  However, whilst they are, to some extent, explored in other fields of academic research such as business management, economics and psychology, comparatively little (e.g. Michlewski, 2016 and Yee, et al., 2017) is written from a design and innovation practices research perspective about how creative confidence is developed in either individuals and organisations or about its beneficial effects.

Papers are invited that explore this theme in the context of both academic and/or practice settings in order to reveal current and new thinking around how individual and organisational creativity is supported, nurtured, managed and sustained both in specific project situations and over an extended period. Suggested themes to respond to include:

Developing creative confidence in and through Design and Innovation Education e.g.

  • What are the roles of supervisors, curriculum design, peer involvement, environment, critique, assessment etc. in nurturing creative confidence?
  • What is the skill set that underpins confidence when engaging with complex problems? How best can these be developed?
  • How can developing creative confidence be measured?

The role of risk-taking and failure in developing creative confidence in design-led environments e.g.

  • What are the challenges and opportunities in developing and embedding long-term creative confidence as an organisational trait or culture?

Managing creative confidence: balancing a culture of self-efficacy with achieving corporate goals

  • What challenges exist in managing multi-national, multi-cultural, diverse, creative teams and how can these be overcome?
  • What are the examples of creative confidence at work and is there evidence of long-term change?
  • Creative confidence and leadership – how are they linked?

Design Entrepreneurship as a manifestation creative confidence put to work e.g.

  • Entrepreneurs are often described as being overly confident, is it possible to have too much creative confidence?
  • How does creative confidence fit into the context of other individual determinants of creative behaviours – in what ways is it similar/different from other concepts such as creative self-efficacy (e.g. Tierney, Farmer, 2002)?

Indicative References

Kelley, D. and Kelley, T., 2013. Creative confidence: Unleashing the creative potential within us all. Crown Pub.

Rauth, I., Köppen, E., Jobst, B. and Meinel, C., 2010. Design thinking: An educational model towards creative confidence. In DS 66-2: Proceedings of the 1st international conference on design creativity (ICDC 2010).

McCardle, J., Huskisson, A. and Perry, S., 2018. Performance metrics: Are the risks too high to be creative?.

Michael, L.H., Hou, S.T. and Fan, H.L., 2011. Creative self‐efficacy and innovative behavior in a service setting: Optimism as a moderator. The Journal of Creative Behavior, 45(4), pp.258-272.

Michlewski, K., 2016. Design attitude. Routledge.

Tierney, P. and Farmer, S.M., 2002. Creative self-efficacy: Its potential antecedents and relationship to creative performance. Academy of Management journal45(6), pp.1137-1148.

Yee, J., Jefferies, E. and Michlewski, K., 2017. Transformations: 7 Roles to Drive Change by Design. BIS Publishers.