When Competition Heats Up, Men Get Creative, Women Don’t
Yes, everyone knows that women make better collaborators (at least in small groups) than men do, but collaboration will take you only so far. Research conducted at Washington University in St. Louis suggests that when women work in teams that are competing against each other, they become less creative than they are without competition. Is that interesting? Only when we consider that the same research found that men, when working on a team that competes against other teams, become more creative. The researchers found that with no competition, groups of women often outperform groups of men. Add competition and the picture changes. As intergroup competition heats up, men get more creative, women get less creative, and men are likely to outperform women.