Teams in organizations are increasingly employed to generate creative outcomes that could lead to the next big innovation. Previous research argues that a team's ability to generate such creative outcomes partly depends on the occurrence of certain team characteristics and processes.
The current work constructs and tests a cross-level model of team creativity and team learning. The role of within-team agreement for the emergence of several team processes is investigated.
All constructs were measured using previously validated scales. Data collected from 112 design teams (nindividuals = 540) are analyzed using multilevel structural equation modeling.
Results and conclusion
Initial results show that psychological safety and team creative efficacy are the strongest predictors for team processes and team effectiveness. Two team-level variables assessing within-team agreement are shown to be a strong predictors for team processes and team effectiveness: when team members agree on the team’s creative capacity and the level of psychological safety, the team will experience a higher degree of effectiveness and will engage more in co-construction and facilitating processes that are the seeds for creating creative outcomes.