Sarah’s research interests include creativity, innovation, decision making, and interpersonal dynamics in small groups. Some of her current research projects are described below.
A sample of some of her recent projects:
Creativity in Cross-Functional and Interdisciplinary Teams
How do differences in the underlying perspectives and assumptions of group members shape the nature and ultimate creativity of small groups? How does the creative process differ in such diverse teams from more homogeneous teams?
Exploring the Creative Process in Healthcare Policy Teams
This project explores the creative processes that occur naturally in interdisciplinary teams developing healthcare IT policy. How does engagement with different types of processes influence the generation and selection of new ideas in these teams? In particular, what is the role of emotion in decisions in interdisciplinary healthcare teams?
Interpersonal Dynamics and Decision Making in a Corporate Boardroom
How do influence attempts by members of a corporate board of a large manufacturing company lead to counter-influence strategies, interpersonal dynamics, and decisions? This research goes inside a corporate boardroom over a 5 year period to address these issues.
Pathways to Innovation in Knowledge Transfer Teams
This research investigates innovation in academic knowledge transfer teams. Through what path do cross-organizational teams develop over time? How does this path influence the ability of the team to gain legitimacy and influence outcomes within the organization?
Intellectual Game Play in Knowledge Work
What is the relationship between play and creativity? How can play support or hinder creativity in organizations? What are the organizational structures and processes that support intellectual play at work? This research explores the value of play to knowledge work.
Mutually Reinforcing Dynamics of Idea Generation and Idea Evaluation in Groups
This research challenges the conventional wisdom that the brainstorming approach of separating idea generation and idea evaluation are optimal for promoting creativity in groups. It addresses the way that group evaluation processes influence the selection of ideas and suggests how the creative process can facilitate both idea generation and evaluation.