Fostering Group Identification and Creativity in Diverse Groups: The Role of Individuation and Self-Verification

William B. Swann, Virginia S.Y. Kwan, Jeffrey T. Polzer, Laurie P. Milton

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Abstract

A longitudinal study examined the interplay of identity negotiation processes and diversity in small groups of master's of business administration (MBA) students. When perceivers formed relatively positive impressions of other group members, higher diversity predicted more individuation of targets. When perceivers formed relatively neutral impressions of other group members, however, higher diversity predicted less individuation of targets. Individuation at the outset of the semester predicted self-verification effects several weeks later, and self-verification, in turn, predicted group identification and creative task performance. The authors conclude that contrary to self-categorization theory, fostering individuation and self-verification in diverse groups may maximize group identification and productivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1396-1406
Number of pages11
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Volume29
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2003

Keywords

  • Diversity
  • Groups
  • Self-categorization
  • Self-verification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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