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Group CreativityInnovation through Collaboration$
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Paul B. Paulus and Bernard A. Nijstad

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195147308

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147308.001.0001

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Better than Individuals?

Better than Individuals?

The Potential Benefits of Dissent and Diversity for Group Creativity

(p.63) 4 Better than Individuals?
Group Creativity

Charlan Jeanne Nemeth

Brendan Nemeth-Brown

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the dissent which is likely to occur in groups where there are differences of opinion. Although such dissent may lead to negative feelings among group members, there is some evidence that the dissent experience in groups can increase the subsequent tendencies toward creative or divergent thinking. It is shown that such effects occur only if the dissent experienced is genuine and not based on someone playing the role of devil's advocate.

Keywords:   dissent, group creativity, divergent thinking, consensus

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