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Outcomes of team creativity: a person-environment fit perspective

Louzanne Bam (Department of Industrial Engineering, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa and Vlerick Business School, Ghent, Belgium)
Katleen De Stobbeleir (Vlerick Business School, Ghent, Belgium and Catholic University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium)
PJ Vlok (Department of Industrial Engineering, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa)

Management Research Review

ISSN: 2040-8269

Article publication date: 23 May 2019

Issue publication date: 13 June 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

Limited research where team creativity (TC) is positioned as an independent variable constitutes a weak point in the body of knowledge. This paper aims to offer three contributions to address this research gap: empirical research that has been conducted on the outcomes of TC is summarized; a person–environment fit perspective is applied to develop a conceptual model for TC; and directions for future empirical research are proposed.

Design/methodology/approach

A literature review is conducted to identify empirical research on the outcomes of TC. This is summarized into an extension of an existing framework that organizes empirical research on the antecedents of TC. Furthermore, the fit model for TC is developed, based on a person–environment fit perspective.

Findings

Research on the outcomes of TC has focused on three themes: performance; affective state; and processes. Gaps in this body of knowledge include limited knowledge on performance outcomes and a lack of research on potential negative outcomes. Recommendations for future research include: potential moderators of the relationship between TC and two outcome, innovation and team performance, are proposed; strain and unethical decision-making are proposed as potential negative outcomes of TC; and it is proposed that incorporating a temporal dimension would improve the understanding of the cyclical manner in which certain variables and TC may interact over time.

Originality/value

The organizing framework extension summarizes existing knowledge on the outcomes of TC, and together with the fit model for TC, this offers a basis for identifying research gaps and directions for future research. Specific directions for future empirical research are proposed.

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Citation

Bam, L., De Stobbeleir, K. and Vlok, P. (2019), "Outcomes of team creativity: a person-environment fit perspective", Management Research Review, Vol. 42 No. 6, pp. 760-774. https://doi.org/10.1108/MRR-02-2018-0098

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