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ERIC Number: EJ1166094
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jan-9
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1990-3839
Conceptualizing Group Flow: A Framework
Duncan, Jana; West, Richard E.
Educational Research and Reviews, v13 n1 p1-11 Jan 2018
This literature review discusses the similarities in main themes between Csikszentmihályi theory of individual flow and Sawyer theory of group flow, and compares Sawyer's theory with existing concepts in the literature on group work both in education and business. Because much creativity and innovation occurs within groups, understanding group collaboration characteristics, including group flow, is critical to designing, leading, and sustaining effectively creative groups. Sawyer's theory, being the first to describe flow within groups, can be difficult to conceptualize because of the high number of included constructs. By synthesizing the ideas, we propose a simpler model for conceptualizing group flow consisting of the principles of vision, ownership and contribution, and effective communication. We propose that using this condensed version of Sawyer's leading principles might enable more research on this important topic, as well as improved practice in developing and leading innovative groups.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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