| John Spacey, September 26, 2017 updated on February 13, 2020
The motley crew principle is the idea that complex creative pursuits require diverse skills to produce value.
Motley CrewA motley crew can be defined as a loosely organized assembly of individuals of various backgrounds, skills and character.
FilmmakingThe term motley crew is most often applied to filmmaking. Film development and production involves a large number of diverse roles including producers, directors, writers, storyboard artists, location managers, production designers, costume designers, composers, choreographers, sound designers, script supervisors, line producers, camera operators, gaffers, lighting technicians, construction coordinators, grips, boom operators, actors and many more. This tends to result in a motley crew with diverse backgrounds in areas such as arts, trades, technology and business.
Creativity & InnovationThe motley crew principle has implications for innovation and the creative output of organizations. For example, a firm that implements standardized testing for recruiting may end up hiring individuals with similar backgrounds and abilities. This may inhibit creativity as an organization.
|Definition||The idea that complex creative products require diverse skills to produce value.|
|Notes||The term motley originates with 13th century Middle English meaning "composed of elements of diverse or varied character." |
ReferencesCaves, Richard E. (2000), Creative Industries: Contracts between Art and Commerce, Harvard Univ. Press
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