Conflict and creativity

Could someone please investigate the relationship between level of frictions among teams and their ability to solve complex tasks? Or perhaps someone have done it already? I should do a literature search on this. 

My suggestion is that conflict is at the core of innovation processes, and that those able to utilize the energy of such frictions are more creative. In other words, those showing high conflict avoidance are probably less able to solve complex tasks in teams, while those showing openness to tensions (i.e.diversity) and ability to handle it without conflicts escalating too much (and what is ‘too much’?) would more innovative.


About Thomas Hoholm

Associate Professor at BI Norwegian Business School. Researching and teaching organization, innovation and entrepreneurship. Also interested in music, film, and literature.
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