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Demographic Faultlines and Creativity in Diverse Groups

By Lisa Hisae Nishii and Jack Goncalo

Abstract

Despite the oft made argument that demographic diversity should enhance creativity, little is known about this relationship. We propose that group diversity, measured in terms of demographic faultlines, affects creativity through its effects on group members’ felt psychological safety to express their diverse ideas and the quality of information sharing that takes place across subgroup boundaries. Further, we propose that the relationship between faultlines and creativity will be moderated by task interdependence and equality of subgroup sizes. Finally, we provide suggestions for how organizations can establish norms for self-verification and use accountability techniques to enhance creativity in diverse groups

Topics: demographics, diversity, creativity, psychology, accountability, Human Resources Management, Labor Relations, Organizational Behavior and Theory, Psychology
Publisher: DigitalCommons@ILR
Year: 2008
OAI identifier: oai:digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu:articles-1129
Provided by: DigitalCommons@ILR

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