Title: Managing creative individuals via freedom and control in film-making companies

Authors: Monika Musial

Addresses: Department of Management and International Business, Oulu Business School, P.O. Box 4600, 90014 University of Oulu, Finland

Abstract: This study considers creative individuals who work for creative companies, particularly those occupied in film-making organisations. It tries to understand the issue of managing creative individuals from the perspective of both managers and employees. This study is based on interviews conducted in a Danish film company, and investigates various creative individuals from this field. It highlights the shift from the more traditional approach to career development to a more contemporary approach that involves boundary-less careers. The paper concludes that creative individuals working for film-making companies are best managed when they have elements of both freedom and control from the manager's side. In that way, creative individuals release their creativity to their full potential. Additionally, the work-life balance is emphasised and perceived as a factor having significance when managing creative individuals.

Keywords: control; boundary less careers; creativity; creative management; creative individuals; creative companies; film industry; freedom; management of creative individuals; work-life balance.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEV.2017.086485

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, 2017 Vol.9 No.3, pp.260 - 279

Accepted: 12 Jun 2016
Published online: 04 Sep 2017 *

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