Creativity and innovation in multiteam systems

Stephen J. Zaccaro, Laura S. Fletcher, Leslie Ann DeChurch

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In this chapter, we explore several dynamics associated with multiteam system (MTS) creativity and innovation. To develop successful creative solutions to large-scale problems, information and ideas often need to be shared not only with other individuals in a team but also among members from other teams. Within this MTS structure, diversity can also have an important influence on the resulting innovation. It can take many forms, including interorganizational differences; differences in work interdependence, goals, and goal structures; and various characteristics of the MTS component teams such as functional diversity, geographic dispersion, and national culture. Although MTSs often have traits that can lead to high creativity and innovation, their structures can also give rise to strong team differentiation, which can inhibit team creativity and innovation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTeam Creativity and Innovation
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9780190222093
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Boundary management
  • Countervailing forces
  • Creative problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Diversity
  • Emergent states
  • Innovation
  • Multiteam systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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