Title

Group risk taking : the constructive role of controversy in China

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Group and Organization Management

Publication Date

12-1-2007

Volume

32

Issue

6

First Page

653

Last Page

674

Abstract

Considerable research has suggested that because of persistent cognitive biases organizations often lack the ability and discipline to take risks effectively. However, group members who discuss their opposing views openly for mutual benefit (constructive controversy) may be able to manage risks effectively. Members of 107 teams working in Chinese organizations indicated their constructive controversy and risk taking; their manager provided ratings of the group's innovation and recovery from mistakes. Results of the structural equation analysis supported the reasoning that constructive controversy can facilitate risk taking that, in turn, promotes innovation and recovery.

DOI

10.1177/1059601106287110

Print ISSN

10596011

E-ISSN

15523993

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Recommended Citation

Tjosvold, D., & Yu, Z. (2007). Group risk taking: The constructive role of controversy in China. Group and Organization Management, 32(6), 653-674. doi: 10.1177/1059601106287110