Received: 2017-03-20  |  Accepted: 2017-06-15

Title

Creativity as one of the core competencies of studying knowledge workers


Abstract

The article discusses the importance of creativity as one of the core competencies of knowledge workers in universities functioning in the knowledge-based economy. In the theoretical part of this article the essence of knowledge management (KM) is characterized. In particular, definition, objectives and processes of knowledge management are described, as well as benefits from KM and barriers to KM are presented. The attention is also paid to the knowledge workers, their definition, characteristics as well as roles they perform in organizations in which they work. Further part of this article focuses mainly on results of the research on knowledge workers creativity and competences. The main objective of the study was to determine whether competences characteristic of knowledge workers are correlated with the level and the style of creativity. An additional objective was to make a comparative analysis between humanistic, technical and agricultural fields of study. The questionnaire survey conducted among working students was the main source of primary data used in the process of qualitative and quantitative analysis. The method of documents’ examination as well as descriptive, analog and heuristic methods were used in this article. On the basis of obtained data the level of creativity and creative style of creative workers were studied, as well as correlations between competences characteristic of knowledge workers, and both the style and the level of creativity were calculated. The Drawing Test of Creative Thinking by Urban and Jellen was used to measure the level of creativity among respondents, and the KAI questionnaire by Kirton was used to measure the style of creativity. The final part of the article includes conclusions resulting from the results of the research and theoretical considerations.


Keywords

creative sector, creative, knowledge management, knowledge workers


JEL classifications

M12


URI

http://jssidoi.org/jesi/article/130


DOI

10.9770/jesi.2017.5.1(2)


Pages

23-35


Funding

This research was supported by the project, which has received funding from the University of Szczecin, Szczecin, Poland and Pomeranian University in Slupsk, Poland

This is an open access issue and all published articles are licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Authors

Sokół, Aneta
University of Szczecin, Szczecin, Poland http://www.usz.edu.pl
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Figurska, Irena
Pomeranian University in Słupsk, Słupsk, Poland http://www.apsl.edu.pl
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Journal title

Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues

Volume

5


Number

1


Issue date

September 2017


Issue DOI

10.9770/jesi.2017.5.1


ISSN

ISSN 2345-0282 (online)


Publisher

VšĮ Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Center, Vilnius, Lithuania

Cited

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