Changing Currents in Education and Public Life
Edited by Lynn Book and David Phillips
Chapter 8: Success and failure on innovative group projects: Patterns of interpersonal dynamics and project outcomes
This chapter discusses five patterns of creative team dynamics (CTD) associated with more and less successful group innovation projects in organizational and experiential learning settings. The most successful, partnering, fits with much of what we know from the literature, but despite this awareness, teams can seldom create it if it does not exist from the outset. Three types, indecisive, worrying and dismissing, are associated with less successful outcomes. The fifth, empathizing, shows how some teams with problematic dynamics nonetheless succeed. Empathizing teams are distinct in three ways: members make concerted efforts to build empathy in the team, show resilience in difficult periods and dedicate time to improving team dynamics when interpersonal problems arise. Future research should explore interventions designed around these factors to enable indecisive, worrying and dismissing teams to realize successful outcomes.
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