Group Creativity: Innovation Through Collaboration

Hardcover | December 2, 2003

EditorPaul B. Paulus, Bernard A. Nijstad

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Creativity often leads to the development of original ideas that are useful or influential, and maintaining creativity is crucial for the continued development of organizations in particular and society in general. Most research and writing has focused on individual creativity. Yet, in recentyears there has been an increasing acknowledgment of the importance of the social and contextual factors in creativity. Even with the information explosion and the growing necessity for specialization, the development of innovations still requires group interaction at various stages in the creativeprocess. Most organizations increasingly rely on the work of creative teams where each individual is an expert in a particular area. This volume summarizes the exciting new research developments on the processes involved in group creativity and innovation, and explores the relationship between groupprocesses, group context, and creativity. It draws from a broad range of research perspectives, including those investigating cognition, groups, creativity, information systems, and organizational psychology. These different perspectives have been brought together in one volume in order to focusattention on this developing literature and its implications for theory and application. The chapters in this volume are organized into two sections. The first focuses on how group decision making is affected by factors such as cognitive fixation and flexibility, group diversity, minority dissent, group decision-making, brainstorming, and group support systems. Special attention isdevoted to the various processes and conditions that can inhibit or facilitate group creativity. The second section explores how various contextual and environmental factors affect the creative processes of groups. The chapters explore issues of group autonomy, group socialization, mentoring, teaminnovation, knowledge transfer, and creativity at the level of cultures and societies. The research presented in this section makes it clear that a full understanding of group creativity cannot be accomplished without adequate attention to the group environment. It will be a useful source ofinformation for scholars, practitioners, and students wishing to understand and facilitate group creativity.

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Creativity often leads to the development of original ideas that are useful or influential, and maintaining creativity is crucial for the continued development of organizations in particular and society in general. Most research and writing has focused on individual creativity. Yet, in recentyears there has been an increasing acknowled...

Paul B. Paulus is at University of Texas, Arlington. Bernard A. Nijstad is at University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 6.1 × 9.29 × 1.18 inPublished:December 2, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Paul B. Paulus and Bernard A. Nijstad: Group creativity: An introductionPart 1: Group process and creativity2. Steven M. Smith: The constraining effects of initial ideas3. Frances J. Milliken, Caroline A. Bartel, and Terri R. Kurtzberg: Diversity and creativity in work groups: A dynamic perspective on the affective and cognitive processes that link diversity and performance4. Charlan J. Nemeth and Brendan Nemeth-Brown: Better than individuals? The potential benefits of dissent and diversity for group creativity5. Garold Stasser and Zachary Birchmeier: Group creativity and collective choice6. Paul B. Paulus and Vincent R. Brown: Ideational creativity in groups: Lessons from research on brainstorming7. Bernard A. Nijstad, Michael Diehl, and Wolfgang Stroebe: Cognitive stimulation and interference in idea generating groups8. Alan R. Dennis and Mike L. Williams: Electronic brainstorming: Theory, research, and future directionsPart 2: Group creativity in context9. Beth A. Hennessey: Is the social psychology of creativity really social? Moving beyond a focus on the individual10. John M. Levine, Hoon-Seok Choi, and Richard L. Moreland: Newcomer innovation in work teams11. Charles Hooker, Jeanne Nakamura, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: The group as mentor: Social capital and the systems model of creativity12. Michael A. West: Creativity and innovation implementation in teams13. Linda Argote and Aimee Kane: Learning from direct and indirect experience in organizations: The effects of experience content, timing, and distribution14. Dean Keith Simonton: Creative cultures, nations, and civilizations: Strategies and results15. Bernard A. Nijstad and Paul B. Paulus: Group creativity: Common themes and future directions

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"Researchers in psychology, sociology, and business explain how creativity can and often does emerge from interactions between people, rather than the solitary genius so favored by American myth and legend. They speak to students, practitioners, and scholars in those fields, and to layreaders, and so use non-technical language and often describe how to apply the ideas in common settings." -SciTech.