Sparking creativity, Social class ceiling, Fragile experts

01 May 2021
AOM Insights
New People Can Spark Creativity by Shaking Things Up

“New ties bring a positive ‘shock’ that pushes individuals in the network to change the way they organize and process knowledge, as well as the way they interact and collaborate,” a research team writes.

Growing up in lower social classes is as significant an obstacle to becoming a manager as being black or female.

Making mistakes and getting criticized can rattle experts’ confidence more than you might think.

While a lot of previous research has focused on how often employees give suggestions to their managers, this study looks at how an employee’s sense of identity affects the kinds of ideas they put forth.

While many chief executive officers are the public faces of their companies, determining just how much clout they have can be tricky because so many factors can influence a company’s success and culture.

“Leaders might not be aware of their gazing patterns. They don’t realize that they are subconsciously looking at higher-status group members more than lower-status members,” a researcher explains.


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