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Team creativity: More than the sum of its parts?

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Publication date7/12/2007
Host publicationMulti-Level Issues in Creativity and Innovation
EditorsMichael Mumford, Katrina Bedell-Avers, Samuel Hunter
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Pages269-287
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781849505536
ISBN (Print)0762314761, 9780762314768
Original languageEnglish

Publication series

NameResearch in Multi-Level Issues
Volume7
ISSN (Print)1475-9144

Abstract

Reiter-Palmon, Herman, and Yammarino (this volume) put forward a series of useful propositions about the nature of team creativity, its connection with individual creativity and cognitive processes, and its antecedents. This commentary highlights some issues raised by these propositions, and explores the emergence of team creativity in greater depth. In particular, it discusses existing principles of multi-level theory and measurement, and considers how they might be applied to team creativity. We conclude that there is no single unified way to treat the concept of team creativity, but just as the antecedents of creativity may change in different situations, so may the way in which the construct is defined.