Creativity and Innovation in Organizational Teams
Edited by Leigh L. Thompson, Hoon- Seok Choi
Psychology Press – 2005 – 272 pages
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.
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.