Group creativity : innovation through collaboration / edited by Paul B. Paulus and Bernard A. Nijstad.

by Nijstad, Bernard Arjan, 1971-Looking glass; Paulus, Paul BLooking glass.

Publisher: New York ; Oxford University Press, [2003]Description: xiii, 346 pages : illustrations; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780195147308; 0195147308.Subject(s): Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.) -- Social aspects | Creative thinking -- Social aspects | Group problem solvingLooking glass
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Group creativity / Paul B. Paulus and Bernard A. Nijstad -- The constraining effects of initial ideas / Steven M. Smith -- Diversity and creativity in work groups : a dynamic perspective on the affective and cognitive processes that link diversity and performance / Frances J. Milliken, Caroline A. Bartel, and Terri R. Kurtzberg -- Better than individuals? : the potential benefits of dissent and diversity for group creativity / Charlan Jeanne Nemeth and Brendan Nemeth-Brown -- Group creativity and collective choice / Garold Stasser and Zachary Birchmeier -- Enhancing ideational creativity in groups : lessons from research on brainstorming / Paul B. Paulus and Vincent R. Brown -- Cognitive stimulation and interference in idea-generating groups / Bernard A. Nijstad, Michael Diehl, and Wolfgang Stroebe -- Electronic brainstorming : theory, research, and future directions / Alan R. Dennis and Mike L. Williams -- Is the social psychology of creativity really social? : moving beyond a focus on the individual / Beth A. Hennessey -- Newcomer innovation in work teams / John M. Levine, Hoon-Seok Choi, and Richard L. Moreland -- The group as mentor : social capital and the systems model of creativity / Charles Hooker, Jeanne Nakamura, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi -- Innovation implementation in work teams / Michael A. West -- Learning from direct and indirect experience in organizations : the effects of experience, content, timing, and distribution / Linda Argote and Aimée A. Kane -- Creative cultures, nations, and civilizations : strategies and results / Dean Keith Simonton -- Group creativity : common themes and future directions / Bernard A. Nijstad and Paul B. Paulus.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Creativity often leads to the development of original ideas that are useful or influential, and maintaining creativity is crucial for the continued development of organizations in particular and society in general. Most research and writing has focused on individual creativity. Yet, in recentyears there has been an increasing acknowledgment of the importance of the social and contextual factors in creativity. Even with the information explosion and the growing necessity for specialization, the development of innovations still requires group interaction at various stages in the creativeprocess. Most organizations increasingly rely on the work of creative teams where each individual is an expert in a particular area. This volume summarizes the exciting new research developments on the processes involved in group creativity and innovation, and explores the relationship between groupprocesses, group context, and creativity. It draws from a broad range of research perspectives, including those investigating cognition, groups, creativity, information systems, and organizational psychology. These different perspectives have been brought together in one volume in order to focusattention on this developing literature and its implications for theory and application.The chapters in this volume are organized into two sections. The first focuses on how group decision making is affected by factors such as cognitive fixation and flexibility, group diversity, minority dissent, group decision-making, brainstorming, and group support systems. Special attention isdevoted to the various processes and conditions that can inhibit or facilitate group creativity. The second section explores how various contextual and environmental factors affect the creative processes of groups. The chapters explore issues of group autonomy, group socialization, mentoring, teaminnovation, knowledge transfer, and creativity at the level of cultures and societies. The research presented in this section makes it clear that a full understanding of group creativity cannot be accomplished without adequate attention to the group environment. It will be a useful source ofinformation for scholars, practitioners, and students wishing to understand and facilitate group creativity.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Group creativity / Paul B. Paulus and Bernard A. Nijstad -- The constraining effects of initial ideas / Steven M. Smith -- Diversity and creativity in work groups : a dynamic perspective on the affective and cognitive processes that link diversity and performance / Frances J. Milliken, Caroline A. Bartel, and Terri R. Kurtzberg -- Better than individuals? : the potential benefits of dissent and diversity for group creativity / Charlan Jeanne Nemeth and Brendan Nemeth-Brown -- Group creativity and collective choice / Garold Stasser and Zachary Birchmeier -- Enhancing ideational creativity in groups : lessons from research on brainstorming / Paul B. Paulus and Vincent R. Brown -- Cognitive stimulation and interference in idea-generating groups / Bernard A. Nijstad, Michael Diehl, and Wolfgang Stroebe -- Electronic brainstorming : theory, research, and future directions / Alan R. Dennis and Mike L. Williams -- Is the social psychology of creativity really social? : moving beyond a focus on the individual / Beth A. Hennessey -- Newcomer innovation in work teams / John M. Levine, Hoon-Seok Choi, and Richard L. Moreland -- The group as mentor : social capital and the systems model of creativity / Charles Hooker, Jeanne Nakamura, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi -- Innovation implementation in work teams / Michael A. West -- Learning from direct and indirect experience in organizations : the effects of experience, content, timing, and distribution / Linda Argote and Aimée A. Kane -- Creative cultures, nations, and civilizations : strategies and results / Dean Keith Simonton -- Group creativity : common themes and future directions / Bernard A. Nijstad and Paul B. Paulus.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Contributors (p. xi)
  • 1 Group Creativity: An Introduction (p. 3)
  • Part I Group Process and Creativity
  • 2 The Constraining Effects of Initial Ideas (p. 15)
  • 3 Diversity and Creativity in Work Groups: A Dynamic Perspective on the Affective and Cognitive Processes That Link Diversity and Performance (p. 32)
  • 4 Better than Individuals? The Potential Benefits of Dissent and Diversity for Group Creativity (p. 63)
  • 5 Group Creativity and Collective Choice (p. 85)
  • 6 Enhancing Ideational Creativity in Groups: Lessons from Research on Brainstorming (p. 110)
  • 7 Cognitive Stimulation and Interference in Idea-Generating Groups (p. 137)
  • 8 Electronic Brainstorming: Theory, Research, and Future Directions (p. 160)
  • Part II Group Creativity in Context
  • 9 Is the Social Psychology of Creativity Really Social? Moving Beyond a Focus on the Individual (p. 181)
  • 10 Newcomer Innovation in Work Teams (p. 202)
  • 11 The Group as Mentor: Social Capital and the Systems Model of Creativity (p. 225)
  • 12 Innovation Implementation in Work Teams (p. 245)
  • 13 Learning from Direct and Indirect Experience in Organizations: The Effects of Experience Content, Timing, and Distribution (p. 277)
  • 14 Creative Cultures, Nations, and Civilizations: Strategies and Results (p. 304)
  • 15 Group Creativity: Common Themes and Future Directions (p. 326)
  • Index (p. 341)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

CHOICE Review

Psychologists Paulus (Univ. of Texas, Arlington) and Nijstad (Univ. of Amsterdam) have assembled 15 papers (10 with footnotes) written by 26 contributors in psychology (social, cognitive, and organization) and information systems. The research on group creativity has lagged behind other research topics because early experiments demonstrated the superiority of individuals over groups in the area of creative output. In addition, participants experience groups to be more productive despite evidence to the contrary. The contributors take the position that an evaluation of this sort requires the clear delineation of factors that either stimulate or interfere with creative productivity, and they provide a detailed presentation of these factors. The discussion is in two parts--process (group composition and activities) and context (the influence of other groups)--and four themes are identified: the effect of group diversity, obstacles to the realization of creative potential, group climate, and group environment. The editors write that the book "is not designed to be the last word on group creativity. In fact, it might be considered the first word, as it is the first volume to be published on this topic." As such it is a stimulating and thoroughly researched benchmark publication for those interested in group creativity. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. D. Sydiaha emeritus, University of Saskatchewan

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Paul B. Paulus is at University of Texas, Arlington. Bernard A. Nijstad is at University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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