Worth fighting for: Investigating the impact of contextual factors on task conflict and creativity.

Open Access
Author:
Drescher, Amanda Jo
Graduate Program:
Psychology
Degree:
Master of Science
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
March 23, 2015
Committee Members:
  • Samuel Todd Hunter, Thesis Advisor
Keywords:
  • team
  • conflict
  • task conflict
  • relationship conflict
  • creativity
Abstract:
This study investigates the impact of various contextual variables on the relationship between task conflict and creative performance. In particular, this research applied a framework suggested by Bradley, Klotz, Baur, & Banford (2013) and tested whether the contextual factors of team characteristics (relationship conflict, leadership style, and mean general self-efficacy) and task characteristics (task condition) were able to influence the relationship between task conflict and creative performance. Relationship conflict and task condition failed to moderate the relationship between task conflict and creativity and leadership style failed to differentially impact relationship conflict. However, results did reveal a successful moderated mediation where relationship conflict mediated the relationship between task conflict and creative performance, and mean general-self-efficacy moderated the relationship between task conflict and relationship conflict. These findings were discussed in terms of the importance that team-level personality can play in how team members react to conflict and the consequences that can have on team performance.