Being different or being better? Disentangling the effects of independence and competition on group creativity

Jack A. Goncalo, Verena Krause

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Abstract

Accumulating evidence suggests that individualism provides an atmosphere conducive to creative idea generation. However, research in both cross-cultural and social psychology suggests that individualism may reflect either independence or competition; a distinction that has been overlooked in research on group creativity. In this chapter, we highlight the distinction between these two constructs and develop a series of testable propositions that help distinguish their unique effects on the creative process. In doing so, we uncover several theoretical insights, including the possibility that independence and competition (a) are theoretically and empirically distinct, (b) have differential effects on idea generation,

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-157
Number of pages29
JournalAdvances in Group Processes
Volume27
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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