What is it supposed to mean in this context?

During analysis of creativity, the following four themes emerged: Production, creative process, creative press and creative person.

Consulting this dictionary, didn't find any heplful meaning which would fit to this context.

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    Where did this sentence appear? Please link to the specific publication, or provide its name and description (and if possible, include a preceding and following sentence or two). Such language sounds like it comes either from an academic paper or from a business analyst, which is to say it is likely to be at once jargon specific to their domain or discipline, and gibberish.
    – choster
    Commented May 18, 2016 at 13:57
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    See books.google.com/books?id=JWxaBwAAQBAJ&pg=PA67. Commented May 18, 2016 at 14:01
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    I know this is specialized language, and that we would like to see more context about where this quote actually came from, but I don't think it should be closed. It's answerable, so if you object to the lack of context, it might be better to down vote instead of close.
    – ColleenV
    Commented May 18, 2016 at 20:47

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The page that Damkerng T. linked to basically gives the definition:

Perhaps the broadest category of creativity research is that of environmental "press," a term first coined by Murray to describe pressures (hence "press") that influence creative people or the creative process.

So it's a very specific jargon term, but it clearly means "pressures that influence creative people or processes". Pressures in this context means something like

1 b : the constraint of circumstance : the weight of social or economic imposition


5 : the stress or urgency of matters demanding attention

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