This topic explores creativity and creative conflict. It examines how organisations can generate constructive conflict to encourage innovation and stimulate creativity.

Creative conflict can be used to facilitate open cultures which help organisations to grow and innovate. It can be used by organisations as a way of challenging existing assumptions, embedded thinking and perceived limitations. Creative and constructive conflict can also be used as a system of continuous assessment and renewal.

However, organisations need to ensure that creative conflict remains constructive rather than destructive by supporting line managers to build healthy, robust team environments in which individual differences are respected and hopefully appreciated, and disagreements can be expressed safely.

For information about other aspects of conflict management, where the conflict is destructive in form, see Conflict and Conflict Management.

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