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Group risk taking : the constructive role of controversy in China
Group and Organization Management
  • Dean William TJOSVOLD, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Ziyou YU, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
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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.

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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