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Sparkling fountains or stagnant ponds: An integrative model of creativity and innovation implementation in work groups

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Journal publication date07/2002
JournalApplied Psychology
Journal number3
Volume51
Number of pages33
Pages355-387
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

In this article I synthesise research and theory that advance our understanding of creativity and innovation implementation in groups at work. It is suggested that creativity occurs primarily at the early stages of innovation processes with innovation implementation later. The influences of task characteristics, group knowledge diversity and skill, external demands, integrating group processes and intragroup safety are explored. Creativity, it is proposed, is hindered whereas perceived threat, uncertainty or other high levels of demands aid the implementation of innovation. Diversity of knowledge and skills is a powerful predictor of innovation, but integrating group processes and competencies are needed to enable the fruits of this diversity to be harvested. The implications for theory and practice are also explored.