Taxonomy

 

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he basis of taxonomy of Creatology is the Creatology Matrix (Magyari-Beck, 1984b, 1990). Creatology Matrix is a two dimensional logical space where the dimensions are levels and aspects of creative units. There are four levels of creative units in the Creatology Matrix: culture/civilization, organization, group and - finally - person. There are three aspects of creative units in the Creatology Matrix: ability, process and product. As the above-mentioned dimensions are orthogonal the architecture of the Creatology Matrix allows the meeting of every level with every aspect. As a result of this architecture, the sub-concepts of the aspects - ability, process and product - are stratified, which makes possible the contradictions within and among them. For example, a creative product, which is useful for organizations can be destructive for culture; or a problem-solving process by an individual personality can be either neutral or directly destructive for groups or organizations e.g. within certain professions in certain periods of time, and so on. The sub-concepts of the levels on the other hand can also be the manifestations of either products or process or abilities. For example, an organization can be regarded as a product (static view), as a process (dynamic view), as a result of ability (normative or selective view). The clash of approaches is also possible here. For example, there are enormous differences between the managers for whom the organization is a static entity and the managers for whom the organization is a dynamic entity. "Of all frameworks his (Istvan Magyari-Beck's – MB,I) was the most broad for the purposes of epistemology or classification" (Coleman, 1993. cites S.G. Isaksen on p. 119).

 

Paradigm

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reatology Matrix is not only the basis of Creatology's taxonomy but it is the paradigm of Creatology as well. While the sciences as a rule regard their paradigms as pools of both solutions and problems, however, emphasizing solutions, Creatology emphasizes the problem side of its paradigm. Taken in this way, the paradigmatical problem of Creatology is: How to reconcile - in theory and in practice -the contradictions among and within the seven fundamental notions of the two dimensions of Creatology Matrix preserving that amount of tensions, which is necessary for the sustainability of development in different conditions and contexts?

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