How Chinese SMEs innovate with a ‘diegetic innovation templating’? - the stimulating role of Sci-fi and fantasy

Zheng, P. (2017) How Chinese SMEs innovate with a ‘diegetic innovation templating’? - the stimulating role of Sci-fi and fantasy. Futures, 95. pp. 1-20. ISSN 0016-3287.

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Use of established fiction provides a connection to society at large, tapping into the creative abilities of great authors and filmmakers, which can offer a valuable source of creative ideas. This paper explores how science fiction and fantasy, particularly in the form of films, is being used to stimulate creativity and produce innovation outputs in non-science SMEs in China. We argue that fiction has the potential to inspire innovation through a constructive organisational process, we provide a simple metric, the ‘Diegetic Gap’, as a means for illustrating this. In particular, we present four empirical case studies that explore the application of science fiction and fantasy to product and process innovation, utilising a concept we call a Diegetic Innovation Template to merge fictional narrative and tangible innovation output.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 License
Uncontrolled Keywords: Diegetic innovation; science-fiction; fantasy; creativity; SME; China
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > The Business School
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Depositing User: Dr Ping Zheng
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2017 11:07
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2019 17:01

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