Antecedents of Team Creativity: An Examination of Team Emotional Intelligence, Team Trust and Collaborative Culture

Teams represent a dominant approach to getting work done in a business environment. enables teams to solve problems and leverage opportunities through the integration of divergent thoughts and perspectives. Prior research indicates that a , which affects how members interact and work together, is a critical of . This study explores other antecedents of team , namely, team and team trust, and investigates the relationships among these precursors to creative effort.

Using a survey of 82 student teams at a large university in the northeast United States, our findings suggest that team emotional intelligence promotes team trust. Trust, in turn, fosters a collaborative culture which enhances the creativity of the team. Cognitive trust also moderates the relationship between collaborative culture and team creativity. Implications of these results for managers and academics are discussed.

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