Win or lose the battle for creativity: The power and perils of intergroup competition

Baer, M and Leenders, R and Oldham, G and Vadera, A K (2010) Win or lose the battle for creativity: The power and perils of intergroup competition. Academy of Management Journal, 53 (4). pp. 827-845.

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Abstract

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.

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Item Type: Article
Subjects: Business and Management
Depositing User: LRC ISB
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2014 04:40
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2015 17:20
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/55
Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/AMJ.2010.52814611
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