The Climate for Creativity and Change in Teams

13 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2003  

Scott G. Isaksen

Independent

Kenneth J. Lauer

Independent

Abstract

We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. - Benjamin Franklin, At the signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.

This article reports the results of a study conducted to examine the ability of the Situational Outlook Questionnaire (SOQ) to effectively discern climates that either encourage or discourage creativity and the ability to initiate change in a team setting. The purpose of the study is to examine the concurrent criterion-related validity of the SOQ. The article explores the characteristics in an organisational climate that promote teamwork and some of the tripwires one needs to be aware of in the formation and management of teams. Nine dimensions of the climate for creativity and change as measured by the Situational Outlook Questionnaire are put forward and defined in relation to teams. The methodology and results of the study are reported. The results show that when subjects (N=154) complete the SOQ based on their recollection of a best- and worst-case team experience, the measure is able to consistently and significantly discriminate between the two types of experiences. Conclusions, implications, and areas for future research to further examine the validity of the SOQ are explored.

Suggested Citation

Isaksen, Scott G. and Lauer, Kenneth J., The Climate for Creativity and Change in Teams. Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 11, pp. 74-86, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=330028

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