Demographic faultlines and creativity in diverse groups

Lisa H. Nishii, Jack A. Goncalo

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Despite the oft made argument that demographic diversity should enhance creativity, little is known about this relationship. We propose that group diversity, measured in terms of demographic faultlines, affects creativity through its effects on group members' felt psychological safety to express their diverse ideas and the quality of information sharing that takes place across subgroup boundaries. Further, we propose that the relationship between faultlines and creativity will be moderated by task interdependence and equality of subgroup sizes. Finally, we provide suggestions for how organizations can establish norms for self-verification and use accountability techniques to enhance creativity in diverse groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDiversity and Groups
EditorsKatherine Phillips
Number of pages26
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameResearch on Managing Groups and Teams
ISSN (Print)1534-0856

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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