The role of openness to cognitive diversity and group processes in knowledge creation

Rebecca Mitchell, Stephen Nicholas, Brendan Boyle

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Abstract

This study examines how group member beliefs regarding cognitive differences influence ability to create knowledge. Specifically, this study explores whether the impact of openness to cognitive diversity on knowledge creation is a result of associated collaborative behaviors. To investigate this theory, it is assessed whether the behaviors of debate and decision comprehensiveness mediate the relationship between openness to cognitive diversity and knowledge creation. The results of a survey of 98 workplace teams support the hypotheses that the impact of openness is consequent to the emergence of behavioral patterns that facilitate open and rigorous discussion and contribute to the understanding of the psychosocial and behavioral variables underpinning knowledge creation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)535-554
Number of pages20
JournalSmall Group Research
Volume40
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • team processes
  • team dynamics
  • knowledge creation

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