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dc.contributor.advisorKenworthy, Jared
dc.creatorWilliams, Belinda
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-07T16:40:43Z
dc.date.available2019-02-07T16:40:43Z
dc.date.created2018-08
dc.date.issued2018-08-07
dc.date.submittedAugust 2018
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10106/27667
dc.description.abstractResearch on diversity impacting group performance, especially creativity, has yielded varied, inconsistent outcomes. One initial issue that researchers face is identifying and measuring diversity within groups. Further, groups researchers have suggested that diversity is important when it is task-relevant; however, there is limited research on electronic groups working together over time to solve a creative problem. Additionally, the current body of research fails to address how specifically manipulated diversity impacts group performance over time. The current study aimed to address this gap in the literature by examining individuals assigned to heterogeneous or homogeneous groups. Participants were randomly assigned to these conditions based on variety (cognitive diversity or diversity in knowledge) and examined over the course of three sessions in which the groups worked together (asynchronously) to generate creative solutions to the task of creating the ideal university of the future. Planned analyses revealed no significant differences between groups. Additional exploratory analyses designed to examine possible differences based on cognitive diversity revealed significant differences between groups for cognitive processes content included in the final product. Theoretical conclusions, practical applications, and future directions for researchers are discussed.
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dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectGroup heterogeneity
dc.subjectcognitive diversity
dc.subjectnovelty
dc.subjectcreativity
dc.subjectgroup diversity
dc.titleGroup heterogeneity influences complex and novel outcomes
dc.title.alternativeGroup heterogeneity
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2019-02-07T16:40:44Z
thesis.degree.departmentPsychology
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Arlington
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy in Psychology
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