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Why do Participation in Decision Making Enhance Creativity in Work Groups? - An Integrative Review

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It seems to be an established fact in the organizational psychological literature thatparticipation in decision making leads to creativity and innovation in work groups andorganizations. A quite extensive amount of research has claimed that the link exists,although only a somewhat smaller amount of research has established that there is a linkbetween the two constructs of participation in decision making and creativity. Butalthough this link has been clearly documented theories with clearly stated causalexplanations of why participation in decision making (pdm) would lead to creativity andinnovation are extremely rare. The literature has pointed to a large number of mediatingvariables and possible effects of pdm that could possibly explain the link to creativity, butexplicit causal theories and experimental evidence of the validity of such theories remainrelatively few. Suggested mediating factors include such different models as enhancedintrinsic motivation (Amabile, 2001; Conti & Amabile, 1999), reduction in resistance tochange (De Dreu & West, 2001), pooling of unshared knowledge (Latham, Winters, &Locke, 1994) and better utilization of individual differences in cognitive style (Kirton,1989), and improved work environment for creativity (e.g., Isaksen, Lauer, Ekvall, & Britz, 2001).

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Bo T. Christensen, Thomas J√łnsson

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http://hdl.handle.net/10398/8256

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