The effect of profiling on team dynamics and creativity

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Abstract

How do we, as educators, create and support effective teamwork with our students? This study focuses on the role of profiling tools. In particular we look at the use of such tools to create diverse, or heterogeneous, teams. We find that although there is a general preference for heterogeneous teams, there are other more powerful factors at play, including the nature of the task, familiarity of the participants, and cultural background. It is possible to have highly effective homogeneous teams given the right circumstances. Exploring further, we find that individuals in such teams consciously adapt their style to fit with the environment. Thus, equipping students with knowledge of their own (and others’) profiles can be a valuable enabling factor in effective teamwork. We therefore suggest that profiling tools are useful as: a tool for self development; and a way of developing team work within a high trust culture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th International conference on engineering and Product Design Education
Subtitle of host publicationGreat Expectations: Design Teaching, Research and Enterprise, E and PDE, 2015
EditorsJ. Mc Cardle, G. Bingham, A. Kovacevic , E. Bohemia, D. J. Southee, B. Parkinson
PublisherDesign Society
Pages632-636
ISBN (Print)9781904670629
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2015
EventINTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENGINEERING AND PRODUCT DESIGN EDUCATION - Loughborough, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Sep 20154 Sep 2015

Conference

ConferenceINTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENGINEERING AND PRODUCT DESIGN EDUCATION
CountryUK United Kingdom
CityLoughborough
Period3/09/154/09/15

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    Cayzer, S. (2015). The effect of profiling on team dynamics and creativity. In J. Mc Cardle, G. Bingham, A. Kovacevic , E. Bohemia, D. J. Southee, & B. Parkinson (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International conference on engineering and Product Design Education: Great Expectations: Design Teaching, Research and Enterprise, E and PDE, 2015 (pp. 632-636). Design Society.