Win or Lose the Battle for Creativity: The Power and Perils of Intergroup Competition
Integrating and refining social interdependence theory and structural adaptation theory, we examined the effects of intergroup competition on the creativity of 70 four-person groups engaged in two idea generation tasks. We manipulated both group membership change (change, no change) and intergroup competition level (low, intermediate, high). Competition had the expected U-shaped relation with creativity in open (membership change) groups but failed to produce the hypothesized inverted U-shaped pattern in closed (no membership change) groups. In the latter, effects were positive for low to intermediate competition and flat for intermediate to high levels. Within-group collaboration mediated these effects.
CREATIVE ability, INTERGROUP relations
Organizational Behavior and Theory
Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources
Academy of Management Journal
Academy of Management
BAER, Markus; LEENDERS, Roger; OLDHAM, Greg R.; and Abhijeet K. VADERA.
Win or Lose the Battle for Creativity: The Power and Perils of Intergroup Competition. (2010). Academy of Management Journal. 53, (4), 827-845. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
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