On Thursday, October 27, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Prof. Dr. Roger Leenders will be giving a presentation in Room 1-483 of Frances Searle Building on the Northwestern University Evanston Campus. The talk is entitled “Competition and the Gender of Team Creativity”. The presentation reports on several studies on the effect of interteam competition on the creativity of teams. In particular, a recent study proposing that having groups go head-to-head is stimulating to the creativity of groups composed of men but detrimental to the creativity of groups composed of women. Lab studies showed differential effects of competition on the creativity of male versus female groups, especially at the higher end of the competition spectrum. The researchers also found that, based on network theory, these effects were mediated by in-group collaboration. The effects were also replicated in a field setting involving R&D teams.
Creativity of Teams