Strategies to Improve Selection of Creative Ideas: An Experimental Test of Epistemic and Social Motivation in Groups

11 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2019

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Michaël J.J.P.S. Van Damme

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

Frederik Anseel

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - Department of Personnel Management, Work and Organizational Psychology

Wouter Duyck

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

Eric Rietzschel

University of Groningen

Date Written: March 2019

Abstract

Pre‐implementation activities like idea selection play a crucial role in the innovation process. However, groups of people seem to perform rather poorly when it comes to selecting creative ideas for implementation. The Motivated Information Processing in Groups model (MIP‐G) provides an explanation as to why some groups outperform others when it comes to making group decisions. On the basis of the MIP‐G framework, we hypothesized that groups that are both epistemically and prosocially motivated would outperform other groups in selecting creative ideas. Contrary to our hypothesis, a 2 × 2 experiment in a field sample (N = 240 or 80 three‐person groups) showed that under conditions of high epistemic motivation, proself motivated groups selected significantly more creative and original ideas than prosocial groups. Proself motivated groups did not differ significantly from the prosocial motivated groups in selecting feasible ideas under conditions of high epistemic motivation. Our results suggest that the MIP‐G framework may need refinement to increase our future understanding of group idea selection. To this end, we propose three specific avenues for future research.

Suggested Citation

Van Damme, Michaël J.J.P.S. and Anseel, Frederik and Duyck, Wouter and Rietzschel, Eric, Strategies to Improve Selection of Creative Ideas: An Experimental Test of Epistemic and Social Motivation in Groups (March 2019). Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 28, Issue 1, pp. 61-71, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3337984 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/caim.12306

Michaël J.J.P.S. Van Damme (Contact Author)

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

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Frederik Anseel

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - Department of Personnel Management, Work and Organizational Psychology ( email )

Ghent
Belgium

Wouter Duyck

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

Coupure Links 653
Gent, 9000
Belgium

Eric Rietzschel

University of Groningen ( email )

P.O. Box 800
9700 AH Groningen, Groningen 9700 AV
Netherlands

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