Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/223660
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 13218
Publisher: 
Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), Bonn
Abstract: 
In a novel real-effort setting, we experimentally study the effects of different communication media on creative performance in a collaborative tasks. We find that creative performance significantly decreases when group members communicate via chat instead of face-to-face. However, we find no significant difference between performances of groups that communicate via video conferences as compared to face-to-face. Thus, we provide evidence that barriers to creativity in virtual teams can be mitigated by real-time video conference communication.
Subjects: 
creativity
communication
laboratory experiment
real-effort
complex problem solving
innovation
JEL: 
C91
J30
M52
O30
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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