Innovation credit: When can leaders oppose their group’s norms?

Abrams, Dominic and Randsley de Moura, Georgina and Marques, Jose M. and Hutchison, Paul (2008) Innovation credit: When can leaders oppose their group’s norms? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95 (3). pp. 662-678. ISSN 0022-3514 . (Full text available)

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Abstract

Two preliminary studies and 5 experiments examined judgments of leaders who challenge their group's norms. Participants viewed information about group members whose attitudes were normative or deviated in a pronormative or antinormative direction. The antinorm member was identified as (a) either a nonleader or an established leader (Study 1), (b) an ex-leader (Studies 2 and 5), or (c) a future leader (Studies 3, 4, and 5). Antinorm future leaders were judged more positively and were granted greater innovation credit (license to innovate and remuneration) relative to antinorm members, ex-leaders, and established leaders. Results are discussed in terms of the idea that leadership can accrue from prototypicality and can also confer the right to define prescriptive norms. However, innovation credit is only granted in the case of future leaders.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: leadership; deviance; prototypicality; innovation; subjective group dynamics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Georgina Randsley de Moura
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2009 11:07
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014 07:53
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/13156 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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