The effects of repeat collaboration on creative Abrasion

Paul F. Skilton, Kevin Dooley

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Building on research that suggests a negative relationship between repeat collaboration and team creativity, we propose that team mental models developed in earlier projects are likely to interfere with the processes that constitute creative abrasion: idea generation, disclosure/advocacy, and convergence. Suppression of these processes leads to less creative outcomes. We conclude by proposing that these negative effects can be mitigated by process and project charter interventions and by outsider entry into the project team.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-134
Number of pages17
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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