Differentiated selves help only when identification is strong and tasks are complex

Bernard A. Nijstad*, Carsten K. W. De Dreu

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Whereas differentiation is overestimated - it more often hurts than helps group performance - identification is underestimated. A more viable perspective sees identification and cooperative motivation as the sine qua non of group functioning, with differentiation helping in a relatively narrow set of cognitively complex tasks that require creativity and deep and deliberate information processing by individual members.

Original languageEnglish
Article number160
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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