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Group Creativity Innovation Through Collaboration

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ISBN-10: 0195147308

ISBN-13: 9780195147308

Edition: 2003

Authors: Paul B. Paulus, Bernard Arjan Nijstad, 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 recent years 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 creative process. 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 group processes, 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 focus attention 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 is devoted 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, team innovation, 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 of information for scholars, practitioners, and students wishing to understand and facilitate group creativity.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/4/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Contributors
Group Creativity: An Introduction
Group Process and Creativity
The Constraining Effects of Initial Ideas
Diversity and Creativity in Work Groups: A Dynamic Perspective on the Affective and Cognitive Processes That Link Diversity and Performance
Better than Individuals? The Potential Benefits of Dissent and Diversity for Group Creativity
Group Creativity and Collective Choice
Enhancing Ideational Creativity in Groups: Lessons from Research on Brainstorming
Cognitive Stimulation and Interference in Idea-Generating Groups
Electronic Brainstorming: Theory, Research, and Future Directions
Group Creativity in Context
Is the Social Psychology of Creativity Really Social? Moving Beyond a Focus on the Individual
Newcomer Innovation in Work Teams
The Group as Mentor: Social Capital and the Systems Model of Creativity
Innovation Implementation in Work Teams
Learning from Direct and Indirect Experience in Organizations: The Effects of Experience Content, Timing, and Distribution
Creative Cultures, Nations, and Civilizations: Strategies and Results
Group Creativity: Common Themes and Future Directions
Index