Title

Taking Advantage of Differences: Increasing Team Innovation through Identity Integration

Publication Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

1-2008

Abstract

In this chapter, we posit that identity integration, an individual difference variable measuring the degree to which multiple and disparate social identities are perceived as compatible, moderates the relationship between team diversity and innovation. Prior research shows that individuals with higher levels of identity integration exhibit higher levels of innovation on tasks that draw from identity-related knowledge systems. In this chapter, we extend this research to examine how innovation can be increased in cross-functional teams. We propose that reinforcing the compatibility between functional identities within a team facilitates access to functionally unique knowledge systems, which in turn increases team innovation.

Discipline

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Diversity and Groups

Volume

11

Editor

Phillips, Katherine W.

First Page

55

Last Page

73

ISBN

9781848550520

Identifier

10.1016/S1534-0856(08)11003-9

Publisher

Emerald

City or Country

Bingley

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1534-0856(08)11003-9

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