Incivility and creativity in teams: Examining the role of perpetrator gender.

Daphna Motro, Trevor M. Spoelma, Aleksander P.J. Ellis

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We conduct 3 experiments to examine how the effects of incivility on team creativity through team positive affect differ depending on the gender of the incivil team member. We argue that the incivil behavior of 1 team member decreases team positive affect, thereby decreasing team creativity. We then propose that the gender of the incivil team member plays a significant role in team member reactions. We draw on role congruity theory, which posits that individuals respond positively toward those whom they perceive as adhering to societal norms, and negatively to those who do not. Accordingly, we found that team positive affect decreased significantly when a woman behaved incivilly compared with when a man behaved incivilly due to the agentic and aggressive nature of the behavior. Lower team positive affect then decreased team creativity. Interestingly, team positive affect was not affected when a man behaved incivilly. We consider the implications of our work across several different literatures and discuss interesting directions for future research. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2021 APA, all rights reserved)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)560-581
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2021


  • creativity
  • gender
  • incivility
  • positive affect
  • teams

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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