Team knowledge diversity and team creativity: The moderating role of status inequality

Won Woo Park, Joon Yeol Lew, Eun Kyung Lee

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Abstract

We examined the relationship between team task knowledge diversity and team creativity, and the moderating role of team status inequality, with a focus on organizational tenure and rank inequality. By adopting an input–process–output framework, we hypothesized that teams would achieve high levels of creativity when they have a large pool of task-relevant expertise that is differentiated and specialized among team members, but the relationship would be weakened when team members have different statuses. We tested our hypotheses using data from 325 teams of employees at 10 companies in South Korea. Results showed that task knowledge diversity was positively associated with team creativity and a team’s status inequality in terms of organizational tenure moderated the relationship in a negative way. Our findings contribute to the literature on team creativity by providing new insights regarding how status inequality, which is almost ubiquitous in workplaces, plays a role in a dynamic team process for creativity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1611-1622
Number of pages12
JournalSocial Behavior and Personality
Volume46
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Organizational tenure
  • Rank
  • Status inequality
  • Task knowledge diversity
  • Team creativity

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