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Effects of Communication Style and Age Diversity in Innovation Teams

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Pesch, Robin ; Bouncken, Ricarda B. ; Kraus, Sascha:
Effects of Communication Style and Age Diversity in Innovation Teams.
In: International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management. Vol. 12 (2015) Issue 6 . - p. 1550029. - 20.
ISSN 0219-8770
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1142/S0219877015500297

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This study explores how new product development is affected by age and communication style diversity in teams. Results are derived from a survey study of 232 German SMEs and indicate that a diversity of communication styles in teams has ambivalent effects. On the one hand, it improves a creative team environment that facilitates product innovativeness and speed to market of new product development within teams. On the other hand, it increases relationship conficts. Even though relationship conficts have no direct impact on innovation performance,
they hamper a creative team environment. Our results indicate that the benefcial effects of communication style diversity outweigh the dysfunctional effects on innovation performance in teams. Age diversity however has only a positive association with relationship conficts.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Communication style diversity; age diversity; innovation teams; new product
development
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration VI
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration VI > Chair Business Administration VI - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ricarda Bouncken
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2015 07:40
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2015 10:20
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/20502