Team Mental Models, Team Goal Orientations, and Information Elaboration, Predicting Team Creative Performance

Andra Toader, Thomas Kessler

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Abstract

This study aimed to enhance understanding of team creativity by investigating the type of team mental models that team members develop during their work on a creative problem solving task. We hypothesized that teams that develop dissimilar team mental models, compared to similar and complementary team mental models,will achieve a higher information elaboration. This effect will
be moderated by the development of a high learning-performance team goal orientation. Information elaboration in turn was hypothesized to predict team creative performance. In a 3 (similar/dissimilar/complementary team mental models) × 3 (learning/performance/learning-performance goal orientation) experimental study on a sample of 33 teams (N = 98) we found that
teams that developed more dissimilar team mental models and experienced a learning-performance goal orientation intervention engaged in more information elaboration. Information elaboration, in turn, mediated the relationship between the interaction between team mental models and team goal orientations and team creative performance. Implications for research on team mental models and
team creativity are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-390
Number of pages11
JournalCreativity Research Journal
Volume30
Issue number4
Early online date13 Dec 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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