Articles

Conflict and Creativity in Interdisciplinary Teams

S. J. SAUER, E. A. MANNIX

Small Group Research

June 2014, vol. 45, n°3, pp.266-289

Keywords: Creativity, Conflict, Conflict asymmetry, Interdisciplinary teams


We examine the effects of conflict and conflict asymmetry on creativityin interdisciplinary teams. Testing our hypotheses on teams working ongraduate-level nanobiotechnology projects, we found task conflict tohave a positive relationship with creativity whereas relationship conflicthad a negative relationship with creativity. Our results also revealed thatrelationship conflict asymmetry had a positive effect on creativity. Examiningthe two components of creativity separately, we found that relationshipconflict asymmetry explained variance in the novelty component, whereastask conflict, team size, and functional diversity explained variance in theusefulness component


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