The Effects of Group Conflict on Group Creativity : Moderating Effects of Leadership Style and Communication

집단갈등이 집단창의성에 미치는 영향 : 리더십 스타일과 커뮤니케이션의 조절효과

  • Received : 2008.06.17
  • Accepted : 2008.08.14
  • Published : 2008.09.21


This study explored the influence of two types of conflict(task and relationship conflict) on group creativity and tested this model with a sample of 58 teams. Relationship conflict negatively influenced group creativity but, task conflict did not show the effects on group creativity. Specifically we found the moderating effects of supportive leadership and communication. Supportive leadership style moderated positively both task conflict and relationship conflict on group creativity. But controlling leadership styled moderated negatively relationship conflict and group creativity. Finally the relationship between task conflict and group creativity was moderated by communication. Overall, we suggest conflict is one of the important group process to boost group creativity and supportive leadership and communication are the important moderators to manage conflict successfully and effectively.