Creativity through Connectedness: The Role of Closeness and Perspective Taking in Group Creativity

Oztop, Pinar and Katsikopoulos, Konstantinos and Gummerum, Michaela (2018) Creativity through Connectedness: The Role of Closeness and Perspective Taking in Group Creativity. Creativity Research Journal, 30 (3). pp. 266-275. ISSN Print ISSN: 1040-0419 Online ISSN: 1532-6934

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Achievements in various fields of creativity are resulting more and more from collaborative teams. This research investigated the role of interpersonal process variables, namely closeness and perspective taking in group creativity, with a 2 by 2 experimental design. Sixty-one 3-person groups assigned to 4 conditions (a: closeness and perspective taking, b: perspective taking, c: no closeness and no perspective taking, d: closeness). Group members collaboratively wrote stories that were rated by 3 independent expert judges. There was a positive main effect of closeness and negative main effect of perspective taking on group creativity scores. Moreover, the significant interaction between perspective taking and closeness displayed that combination of closeness with perspective taking negatively affect group creativity. These results indicate that closeness might be beneficial for group creativity only when it is not accompanied with perspective taking.

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Additional Information and Comments: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Creativity Research Journal on 18th September 2018, available online:"
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Early Childhood
Depositing User: Pinar Oztop
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2019 09:48
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2019 14:38

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