A Core/Periphery Perspective on Individual Creative Performance: Social Networks and Cinematic Achievements in the Hollywood Film Industry

Organization Science, Vol. 19, No. 6, November–December 2008, pp. 824–844

Posted: 26 Jun 2016

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Gino Cattani

New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business; New York University (NYU) - Department of Management and Organizational Behavior

Simone Ferriani

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Date Written: December 1, 2008

Abstract

The paper advances a relational perspective to studying creativity at the individual level. Building on social network theory and techniques, we examine the role of social networks in shaping individuals’ ability to generate a creative outcome. More specifically, we argue that individuals who occupy an intermediate position between the core and the periphery of their social system are in a favorable position to achieve creative results. In addition, the benefits accrued through an individual’s intermediate core/periphery position can also be observed at the team level, when the same individual works in a team whose members come from both ends of the core/periphery continuum. We situate the analysis and test our hypotheses within the context of the Hollywood motion picture industry, which we trace over the period 1992-2003. The theoretical implications of the results are discussed.

Keywords: creative performance; social networks; core/periphery; film industry

Suggested Citation

Cattani, Gino and Ferriani, Simone, A Core/Periphery Perspective on Individual Creative Performance: Social Networks and Cinematic Achievements in the Hollywood Film Industry (December 1, 2008). Organization Science, Vol. 19, No. 6, November–December 2008, pp. 824–844, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2800353

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