Explaining idea sharing mechanisms: Linking diversity and network factors to explore creative teams

Sophia Sullivan, Casey Spruill Pierce, Paul M. Leonardi, Noshir Contractor

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Innovation is largely a product of teams. By sharing ideas with other group members, teams can leverage good ideas for innovative outputs to a greater degree than creating alone. However, group processes can stymie or ignite the creative process by influencing idea sharing among group members. Thus, we propose investigating how sociopolitical group dynamics shape the likelihood of team members contributing new ideas and supporting the ideas of others. We develop an agent-based model to simulate how both team demographics and network attributes influence creative outcomes of teams. Our simulations suggest demographics and network attributes play a role at different stages of the idea sharing process.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings
StatePublished - 2013

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