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Virtual Teams and The Group Creative Process: How does the group creative process function in a virtual team enviroment?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to explore group creative processes in a virtual environment to better understand how virtual communication influences creativity. After reviewing literature, a theoretical foundation in creativity was established and with three common themes derived: Task motivation and task orientation, social environment and participation, and communication. This was coupled with a review of current virtual team interaction theories, demonstrating intersections between them.

The method used was a qualitative exploration using semi-structured in-depth interviews. The interviews were conducted via VOIP, with notes and recordings taken for further analysis. Analysis was conducted on the three common creative themes viewing virtualization as the mediator. Trends emerged demonstrating that asynchronous communication had a substantial influence on group creative processes. Conversely, virtual teams employing real-time communication found little influence on the creative process. Other anecdotal trends can be seen regarding motivation and social environment. This paper identifies key areas where virtualization influences the group creative process, and provides a base for future suggested research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 58 p.
Keyword [en]
Creativity, Group Creative Process, Virtualization, Virtual Teams, Virtual Communication, Global Enterprise Experience, Global Virtual Teams
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-227032OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-227032DiVA: diva2:728152
Educational program
Master Programme in Business and Management
Available from: 2014-06-27 Created: 2014-06-23 Last updated: 2014-06-27Bibliographically approved

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