Individual creativity in teams: The importance of communication media mix

Sherry M.B. Thatcher, Susan A. Brown

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We use compensatory adaptation and dual coding theories to explore the effects of communication media use on creativity. Our field study results show that high levels of self-esteem and information-based demographic differences positively influence creativity. Social category differences negatively influence creativity. Communication media mix is an important moderator, improving the relationship of self-esteem and social category demographic differences with creativity when individuals have proportionally more mediated communication. The relationship between information-based demographic differences and creativity is attenuated when individuals use proportionally more mediated communication. The results have implications for managers encouraging creativity among a diverse workforce using multiple communication media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)290-300
Number of pages11
JournalDecision Support Systems
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2010


  • Communication media
  • Creativity
  • Demographic differences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Information Systems and Management


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