In or Out of Sync? A Psychophysiological Approach to Understanding Creative Collaboration in Online and In-person teams

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Creativity is a key area of organizational growth, and teams are often tasked with complex problem-solving issues. As organizations increasingly lean on online collaboration, important questions on the effects of remoteness have arisen. Research is in the infancy of uncovering the mechanisms that articulate different outcomes between online and in-person teams. While the focus has been on cognitive processes, affective states also influence creative thinking. In this study, we conduct a laboratory experiment with online vs. in-person dyads who are placed in convergent or divergent moods using mood induction. We observed that (i) online teams produced fewer ideas than in-person, (ii) teams with convergent moods elaborate on their ideas more than their divergent counterparts, and (iii) online teams with divergent moods produced ideas with the least originality. This study has important implications for the design of modern workplaces.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAMCIS 2023 Proceedings
EditorsPaul Pavlou, Vishal Midha, Animesh Animesh, Traci Carte, Alexandre Graeml, Alanah Mitchell
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Publication date2023
Article number9
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event29th Americas Conference on Information Systems. AMCIS 2023 - Panama City, Panama
Duration: 10 Aug 202312 Aug 2023
Conference number: 29


Conference29th Americas Conference on Information Systems. AMCIS 2023
CityPanama City
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  • Digital collaboration
  • Creative teamwork
  • Digital emotional contagion

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