Special Issue "Business, Innovation and Art"

A special issue of Arts (ISSN 2076-0752).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 July 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Ms. Beibei Song
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Guest Editor
1. Chief Creative Officer, Song Essinova, LLC, Belmont, CA 94002, USA
2. Editor, Essinova Journal
3. Facilitator and Coach, Executive Education, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
Interests: creativity; innovation; business; art; management; leadership; science; technology; design; nature
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Prof. Dr. Piero Formica
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1. Senior Research Fellow, Innovation Value Institute, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co Kildare, Ireland
2. Founder, International Entrepreneurship Academy Network
3. Adjunct Professor of Knowledge Economics, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Entrepreneurship, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran4. Guest Professor, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
Interests: economics; innovation; entrepreneurship
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Dr. Claus Springborg
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1. External Lecturer, Copenhagen Business School, Solbjerg Plads 3, DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark
2. Founder, CoCreation Leadership Development
3. Founder, Sensing Mind Institute
Interests: leadership education; art; cognitive science; systems of personal development; co-creation; entrepreneurship
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In spite of modern perceptions of art and business as being polar opposites of the other, both in terms of value systems and of operating fundamentals, business has much to learn from the arts, and management is more of an art than people recognize. Successful artists and executives share common prerequisites. Business can grow artistically by the alchemy of invention. As companies find their business environment increasingly complex to navigate, like perpetual whitewater brought upon by unprecedented technological and social changes, art can be a powerful tool to catalyze innovation and transform culture, helping companies discover/re-discover their compass, create new rafts to conquer the rapids and find “blue ocean” market spaces far ahead of competition.

From industry leaders such as Autodesk and Google to frontier startups such as Planet.com, forward-thinking companies have adopted artist-in-residence programs to maintain creative edge and catalyze new business opportunities. European Commission has launched the START prize, featuring innovative cooperation between art and industry/technology. There have also been some studies demonstrating the linkage between creativity training and the bottom-line. However, such studies are few and far between, and the vast majority of businesspeople cannot see much use for art in business beyond decoration in the lobby and maybe some branding value.

We invite potential contributors to submit essays, case studies and research findings articulating and proving arts’ value for business management, especially for innovation. We particularly welcome insights and data addressing the frequently asked question from the skeptics: “What is the ROI of an art program?” We also encourage any views on the difference between art and design, and any art-thinking framework, which might take the popular design-thinking approach a step further. Insights from creative industries that have broader applicability to the business world would be appropriate as well.

Ms. Beibei Song
Prof. Piero Formica
Dr. Claus Springborg
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Arts is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • creative leadership
  • artful management
  • artful innovation
  • art
  • creativity
  • innovation
  • creativity training
  • art-thinking
  • design-thinking
  • leadership
  • management
  • business

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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