Why too much diversity can be bad for creativity

Garcia Martinez, Marian and Zouaghi, Ferdaous and Sanchez, Mercedes (2015) Why too much diversity can be bad for creativity. In: XXVI ISPIM Conference: Budapest, Hungary (2015) - Shaping the Frontiers of Innovation Management. ISBN 978-952-265-779-4. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Diversity in organisations has received considerable attention in the academic literature as well in the corporate area. Breakthrough innovation requires a wider knowledge base and organisations increasingly rely on multidisciplinary R&D teams to identify scientific developments that bridge gaps and reduce time to market. However, too much diversity can impose a bottleneck of information processing and dissemination by impeding and hampering creative and prompt decision making, leading to less-than-desirable solutions. This paper examines how diversity dimensions (gender, skills and education) interact to drive innovation and the potential divide in R&D teams from excessive demographic and informational heterogeneity. Additionally, we consider the potential mediation role of organisational capabilities to leverage diversity as a strategic resource to foster innovation. Our findings suggest that high diversity in gender or skills in cognitively diverse teams might be negative attributes to take into consideration. Significantly, results confirm the critical mediating role of organisational capabilities.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Proceeding)
Uncontrolled keywords: diversity; innovation; creativity; fautline; R&D teams; organisational capabilities; mediated-moderation model
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Marketing
Depositing User: Marian Garcia
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2016 13:36 UTC
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2016 09:51 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/53899 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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