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Conflict and Creativity in Interdisciplinary Teams


  • Kevyn Yong

    (GREGH - Groupement de Recherche et d'Etudes en Gestion à HEC - HEC Paris - Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Stephen J. Sauer

    (Clarkson University - Clarkson University)

  • Elizabeth A. Mannix

    (Cornell University)


We examine the effects of conflict and conflict asymmetry on creativity in interdisciplinary teams. Testing our hypotheses on teams working on graduate-level nanobiotechnology projects, we found task conflict to have a positive relationship with creativity whereas relationship conflict had a negative relationship with creativity. Our results also revealed that relationship conflict asymmetry had a positive effect on creativity. Examining the two components of creativity separately, we found that relationship conflict asymmetry explained variance in the novelty component, whereas task conflict, team size, and functional diversity explained variance in the usefulness component.

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  • Kevyn Yong & Stephen J. Sauer & Elizabeth A. Mannix, 2014. "Conflict and Creativity in Interdisciplinary Teams," Post-Print hal-01025957, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01025957
    DOI: 10.1177/1046496414530789
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    1. van Knippenberg, Daan & Mell, Julija N., 2016. "Past, present, and potential future of team diversity research: From compositional diversity to emergent diversity," Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Elsevier, vol. 136(C), pages 135-145.


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