Are Creative Teams More Effective When Their Members Vary in Agreeableness?

Sean T. H. Lee and Park Guihyun: Our study found that, contrary to popular belief, having a greater spread of members along the agreeableness spectrum was associated with decreases in both team creativity and team member satisfaction. This effect seemed to occur because having members of varying levels of agreeableness heightened both task and relationship conflict. In other words, having a mix of agreeable and less agreeable members on the same team precipitated both task-oriented and interpersonal conflict, which harmed both the team’s creative performance and the working relationships among team members.

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