A process centred perspective of the creative industries
: an analytical model for management

  • Fernando Afonso Carrapatoso Lima (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This dissertation adopts a process-centred perspective of understanding the economic modelof the creative industries, so as to explore how can one build an analytical model that can be useful for improving management practices in those industries. The point of departure to address the research question was to review the debate around the definition of creative industries; then followed a discussion on the development of a framework for the understanding of the creative industries process-centred perspective; finally an assessmentof the creative industries’ economic model from the management perspective was done via a valuechain analysis, in order to discuss the implications of the process-centred perspective formanagement and for public policy design.The research developed allowed the proposal of an analytical model that revealed the importance of operationalizing the understanding of value-creation through creativity inmanagement practices. It also emphasized the challenge in balancing open-ended processes with the firm’s commercial purposes, by managing intangible aspects of the creative process and the engagement of the creative workers into the creative process.The analytical model developed may be helpful for managers insofar as it offers a disaggregation of the companies’ activities by focusing on the assessment of how the creative process can recursively occur in the company as a production process. Moreover it may help on the identification of the core-activities and the assessment of the main components of those activities. The research done intends to contribute to the understanding of how the creative industries work and to the development of good management practices in the sector. Thus, it also suggests that it would be interesting to develop research on a theoretical revision of the components of the creative industries’ economic model and on a proper comparative analysis of the model delivered at an inter-sector, an inter-temporal and at a subsector level. By advancing an analytical model for creative industries that is focused on its usefulness for management, it indicates areas of interest for empirical research.
Date of Award9 Feb 2015
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorAna Lourenço (Supervisor)


  • Creative industries
  • Management
  • Creativity
  • Creative process


  • Mestrado em Gestão de Indústrias Criativas

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