Extraordinary : reflections on sample representativeness

Dörfler, Viktor (University of Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow, UK) ; Stierand, Marc (Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland)

In this chapter we reflect on a particular way of studying immensely high complexity, such as creativity, by investigating extraordinary achievers. The basis of our reflections are two empirical studies, one conducted in the area of haute cuisine, through interviewing top chefs, and the second conducted in the area of science, thorough interviewing Nobel Laureates. We explore why we feel that studying such extraordinary individuals can be more fruitful for better understanding creativity than trying to achieve an artificially manufactured sample that provides insights about the creative potential of the average individual. We outline the problems we see with the notion of representative samples from both conceptual as well as feasibility perspectives and offer an argument for studying the extraordinary instead.


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Faculty:
Economie et Services
School:
EHL
Institute:
Aucun institut
Subject(s):
Economie/gestion
Publisher:
Cham, Springer
Date:
2019-01
Cham
Springer
Pagination:
Pp. 569-584
Published in:
The Palgrave handbook of social creativity research
Author of the book:
Lebuda, Izabela ; ed. ; University of Wrocław, Poland
Glăveanu, Vlad Petre ; ed. ; Webster University Geneva, Bellevue, Switzerland
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ISBN:
978-3-319-95497-4
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