Distinct and Combined Effects of Disciplinary Composition and Methodological Support on Problem Solving in Groups

14 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2018

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Malte Schöfer

Arts et Métiers ParisTech - Laboratoire Conception de Produits et Innovation (LCPI)

Nicolas Maranzana

Arts et Métiers ParisTech - Laboratoire Conception de Produits et Innovation (LCPI)

Améziane Aoussat

Arts et Métiers ParisTech - Laboratoire Conception de Produits et Innovation (LCPI)

Giacomo Bersano

Independent

Stéphanie Buisine

Arts et Métiers ParisTech - Laboratoire Conception de Produits et Innovation (LCPI)

Date Written: March 2018

Abstract

Several reasons for the use of multidisciplinary teams composed of individuals with natural science and engineering background in problem‐solving processes exist. The most important are the integration of science‐based technologies into products and processes, and benefits for the problem‐solving process thanks to new knowledge and new perspectives on problems. In this study we analyse the implications of interdisciplinary (science – engineering) group problem solving from a managerial as well as from a cognitive perspective. We then report on an experiment investigating the impact of problem‐relevant disciplinary group composition and methodological support on the problem‐solving process and its outcome. The findings of the experiment have managerial, theoretical, and pedagogical implications related to early phases of New Product/Process Design processes in high‐technology and scientific knowledge‐related domains.

Suggested Citation

Schöfer, Malte and Maranzana, Nicolas and Aoussat, Améziane and Bersano, Giacomo and Buisine, Stéphanie, Distinct and Combined Effects of Disciplinary Composition and Methodological Support on Problem Solving in Groups (March 2018). Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 27, Issue 1, pp. 102-115, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3126558 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/caim.12258

Malte Schöfer (Contact Author)

Arts et Métiers ParisTech - Laboratoire Conception de Produits et Innovation (LCPI) ( email )

151, boulevard de l'Hôpital
Paris, 75013
France

Nicolas Maranzana

Arts et Métiers ParisTech - Laboratoire Conception de Produits et Innovation (LCPI)

151, boulevard de l'Hôpital
Paris, 75013
France

Améziane Aoussat

Arts et Métiers ParisTech - Laboratoire Conception de Produits et Innovation (LCPI)

151, boulevard de l'Hôpital
Paris, 75013
France

Giacomo Bersano

Independent

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Stéphanie Buisine

Arts et Métiers ParisTech - Laboratoire Conception de Produits et Innovation (LCPI) ( email )

151, boulevard de l'Hôpital
Paris, 75013
France

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