Improvisational theatre as team development intervention for climate for work group innovation

Kirsten, Burgert ; Du Preez, Ronel (2010-11)

CITATION: Kirsten, B. & Du Preez, R. 2010. Improvisational theatre as team development intervention for climate for work group innovation. SA Journal of Industrial Psychology, 36(1), #862, doi:10.4102/ sajip.v36i1.862.

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Orientation: Changes in business environments have resulted in a need for the development of innovative teams. Improvisational theatre as a technique could contribute to the understanding of how individuals can work together and be innovative. - Research purpose and motivation: This study evaluates the influence of a team development intervention utilising improvisational theatre exercises on innovative work group climate. - Research design, approach and method: A quasi-experimental non-equivalent control group design was employed with an experimental group and a control group from a healthcare managerial division. - Main findings: Repeated-measures ANOVA results indicated that for innovative work group climate as a whole, as well as for three of its factors, namely participative safety, vision, and task orientation, the experimental group’s scores improved significantly (p < 0.05). Support for innovation did not show significant differences. - Practical/Managerial implications: This research has shown that improvisational theatre is a team development tool that can be used to assist work teams in creating a climate for innovation. - Contribution/value-add: This study extends the body of knowledge in the field of team building and highlights the contribution that improvisational theatre can make toward the development of work teams.

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