Creativity and Entrepreneurship
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Creativity and Entrepreneurship

Changing Currents in Education and Public Life

Edited by Lynn Book and David Phillips

While creativity and entrepreneurship may appear to be unlikely allies, they are increasingly intersecting to produce economic and social value in new and exciting ways. This groundbreaking volume examines how creativity and entrepreneurship can be used in conjunction to foster positive change and innovation, particularly in areas such as higher education and sustainable global development.
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Chapter 8: Success and failure on innovative group projects: Patterns of interpersonal dynamics and project outcomes

Changing Currents in Education and Public Life

Beth Altringer


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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