Innovation is a term that is used and defined in many different ways. This holds for innovation in general, but particularly for innovation in the creative industries. In cultural policy and in academic literature, the creative industries are often addressed in the relation to their innovative capacities, yet a shared conceptualisation of innovation in this sector is lacking. This paper seeks to develop a conceptualisation of innovation in the creative industries based on 43 interviews with creative workers about their views and practices. Results indicate that creative workers articulate numerous views on innovation, with three main approaches: innovation as something completely new, innovation as a contribution to society and innovation as a continuous recombination of new and existing elements, with the latter being most prevalent in the creative industries and considered a central (by-product of the) process of creative production that is highly contextual to specific localities and fields.

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Creative Industries
International Journal of Cultural Policy
Department of Media and Communication

Wijngaarden, Y. (Yosha), Hitters, E., & V. Bhansing, P. (Pawan). (2016). ‘Innovation is a dirty word’: contesting innovation in the creative industries. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 1–14. doi:10.1080/10286632.2016.1268134