Creative Dissonance: A Review of Conflict in Artistic Organizations
Creative people are often perceived as more irrational, aloof and hotheaded when it comes to everyday interactions. Interestingly, creative literature asserts that creative individuals “are better able to alternate between primary process (i.e., primitive, free-associative, irrational, concrete images as opposed to abstract concepts) and secondary process (logical, reality-oriented) modes of thought than are less creative people (Raeburn, 1999, p. 178). Creativity prompts the need to communicate and therefore it is incongruent that these groups should be less likely to reconcile. Since all organizations can benefit from research on the role of conflict in creativity and intense work groups, it is important to review the literature that has been done on conflict in artistic organizations. This essay reviews various players in artistic group conflict, identifies the types of artistic conflict and the themes that emerge and then assesses the effects or outcomes. Furthermore, surveying literature from a wide range of disciplines provides a window into necessary future research regarding the role of conflict in artistic organizations.
Keywords: Art organizations, Conflict, Creativity, Intense Work Groups
Graduate Student, Communication Rhetoric and Digital Media Program, North Carolina State University