Dr Inga Hoever
Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Inga J. Hoever is an assistant professor at the department of Organisation and Personnel Management at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam. She received her PhD in Management from the Rotterdam School of Management and, prior to her current appointment, worked at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain. Her research focuses on workplace creativity, team excellence, and their intersection. She is particularly interested in how employees and team members attempt to promote their creativity and benefit from their social work environment through relational processes like perspective taking, feedback, and information elaboration. Inga’s work has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and the Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Journal and the Journal of Applied Psychology.
Workplace creativity – the development of products, processes, or services that are both novel and useful to relevant stakeholders – is increasingly seen as a social phenomenon with large scale research suggesting that the development of new knowledge is more and more the result of collaborative efforts to address knowledge-intensive challenges. In this talk, I will consider this notion of creativity as an inherently social phenomenon by highlighting how our approaches to managing for creativity need to be changed when taking into account the interdependent nature of creative work occurring in a social context. In particular, I will explore the example of diversity as an antecedent that – although frequently touted as a proximal precursor to collective and individual creativity – has been shown to have rather mixed effects on creativity. Based on this example, I derive both practical and theoretical insights on how to leverage the potential benefits of social influences like diversity for creativity.