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The Relationship between Team Hometown Diversity and Team Creativity: From the Chinese Perspective

Business School, Hohai University, Nanjing 211100, China
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Sustainability 2018, 10(10), 3458; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10103458
Received: 26 July 2018 / Revised: 23 September 2018 / Accepted: 26 September 2018 / Published: 28 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
Since no specialized work has researched the relationship between team members’ hometown diversity (team hometown diversity) and team creativity, we investigated their underlying relationship by conducting a two-wave survey from 304 employees in 54 teams and 54 team leaders from 17 companies. The results proved that team hometown diversity was negatively related to both team information exchange and team creativity, while team information exchange was significantly positively associated with team creativity and the mediation effect of team information exchange between team hometown diversity and team creativity was verified. The moderation role of team identification in the relationship between team hometown diversity and team information exchange as well as the moderation function of team conformity on the relationship between team information exchange and team creativity were both verified. This work made at least four contributions. Firstly, it was among the first to research the impact of team hometown diversity on team creativity, which supplemented the gap and provided a new perspective for exploration of team creativity in future. Secondly, we adopted a two-wave design to check the dynamic impact of earlier team information exchange and team conformity on team creativity afterwards, which can be replicated for future studies. Thirdly, by using supervisor and subordinate ratings together and conducting electronic and paper surveys together, the results were more persuasive. Finally, we included a large dataset from a broad range of companies, which maximized the variables and generated our results. The implications and limitations were also illustrated. View Full-Text
Keywords: team hometown diversity; team identification; team information exchange; team conformity; team creativity team hometown diversity; team identification; team information exchange; team conformity; team creativity
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Li, J.; Zhao, M.; Xia, G.; Liu, C. The Relationship between Team Hometown Diversity and Team Creativity: From the Chinese Perspective. Sustainability 2018, 10, 3458.

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