Taking Advantage of Differences: Increasing Team Innovation through Identity Integration
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.
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Diversity and Groups
Phillips, Katherine W.
City or Country
CHENG, Chi-Ying, Sanchez-Burks, Jeffrey, & LEE, Fiona. (2008). Taking Advantage of Differences: Increasing Team Innovation through Identity Integration. In Diversity and Groups (pp. 55-73). Bingley: Emerald.
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