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Creativity and Innovation in Organizational Teams

1st Edition

Edited by Leigh L. Thompson, Hoon- Seok Choi

Psychology Press

272 pages

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Creativity and Innovation in Organizational Teams stemmed from a conference held at the Kellogg School of Management in June 2003 covering creativity and innovation in groups and organizations. Each chapter of the book is written by an expert and covers original theory about creative processes in organizations. The organization of the text reflects a longstanding notion that creativity in the world of work is a joint outcome of three interdependent forces--individual thinking, group processes, and organizational environment.

Part I explores basic cognitive mechanisms that underlie creative thinking, and includes chapters that discuss cognitive foundations of creativity, a cognitive network model of creativity that explains how and why creative solutions form in the human mind, and imports a ground-breaking concept of "creativity templates" to the study of creative idea generation in negotiation context. The second part is devoted to understanding how groups and teams in organizational settings produce creative ideas and implement innovations. Finally, Part III contains three chapters that discuss the role of social, organizational context in which creative endeavors take place.

The book has a strong international mix of scholarship and includes clear business implications based on scientific research. It weds the disciplines of psychology, cognition, and business theory into one text.

Table of Contents

Contents: Series Foreword. Preface. Introduction. Part I: Cognitive Processes of Creative Thinking. S.M. Smith, D.R. Gerkens, J.J. Shah, N. Vargas-Hernandez, Empirical Studies of Creative Cognition in Idea Generation. E.L. Santanen, Opening the Black Box of Creativity: Causal Effects in Creative Solution Generation. J. Goldenberg, D. Nir, E. Maoz, Structuring Creativity: Creative Templates in Negotiation. Part II: Team and Group Dynamics of Brainstorming. P.B. Paulus, T. Nakui, V.L. Putman, Group Brainstorming and Teamwork: Some Rules for the Road to Innovation. H-S. Choi, L.L. Thompson, Membership Change in Groups: Implications for Group Creativity. A.C. Edmondson, J.P. Mogelof, Explaining Psychological Safety in Innovation Teams: Organizational Culture, Team Dynamics, or Personality? M.A. West, C.A. Sacramento, D. Fay, Creativity and Innovation Implementation in Work Groups: The Paradoxical Role of Demands. B.A. Nijstad, E.F. Rietzschel, W. Stroebe, Four Principles of Group Creativity. Part III: Organizational Influences of Creativity and Innovation. D. Ancona, H. Bresman, Begging, Borrowing, and Building on Ideas From the Outside to Create Pulsed Innovation Inside Teams. A.B. Hargadon, Bridging Old Worlds and Building New Ones: Towards a Microsociology of Creativity. C.M. Ford, Creative Associations and Entrepreneurial Opportunities.

About the Series

Organization and Management Series

The Organization and Management Series publishes books that establish innovative avenues of inquiry or significantly alter the course of contemporary research in an established area.

Taking a broad view of the domain of organization and management scholarship, the editors seek to publish theoretical and empirical works grounded in a variety of disciplinary perspectives that focus on units of analysis ranging from individuals to industries. In addition, the series welcomes purely methodological contributions, as well as edited volumes of original essays.

Manuscript proposals should be sent to: Art Brief, Department of Management, University of Utah, 1645 E Campus Center Drive #105, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-9304 (, Michael Frese (, Kim Elsbach (, and Christina Chronister (

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior