Profile: Lynne Vincent

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Lynne C. Vincent is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. In her research, she examines the moral and social implications of creativity. Over the last decade, creativity has been touted as an important source of competitive advantage, but there has been very little attention paid to the potential costs of creativity in organizations. In contrast to the status quo view of creativity as inherently positive, she investigates the potential dark side and the unexpected consequences of creativity.

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The Dark Side of Creativity

Creativity—the generation of novel and useful ideas, products, or solutions—is seen as a valuable trait for people and organizations to possess. Organizations harness it to develop innovative products, services, or processes, all of which promote profitability, long-term sustainability, and a competitive advantage. Yet creativity isn’t always embraced—in fact, certain ideas can initially be viewed as so implausible that they are outright rejected.

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