Team innovative capability: Does positive mood unlock the innovative potential of environmental cues?

Rebecca Mitchell*, Brendan Boyle, Stephen Nicholas

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Abstract

Drawing on team innovation and mood-as-information theories, this paper develops a moderated mediation model to explain the effect of environmental dynamism on team innovative capability. We argue that this effect occurs through an increase in cognitive diversity and is contingent on positive mood, which engenders a more expansive and flexible approach to problem solving. Data collected through a survey-based study of 63 US healthcare teams generates support for our arguments that environmental dynamism increases innovative capability and does so through cognitive diversity. Further, our data suggest that this path only exists when teams are characterized by positive mood. Overall, we find support for a moderated mediation model in which environmental dynamism increases innovative capability through cognitive diversity contingent on positive mood, which allows us to contribute significantly to literature on team innovative capability and mood-as-information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-384
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Business Research
Volume126
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2021

Keywords

  • Capability
  • Cognitive diversity
  • Environmental dynamism
  • Healthcare teams
  • Positive mood
  • Team innovation

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