How do you manage the trade-off between delegation and task interdependence in creative teams? And what role do personnel and cultural controls play? Aleksandra Klein, Assistant Professor at the Institute for Strategy and Managerial Accounting (IfU) at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, discussed these questions during a WHU Research Seminar on February 13. She presented her paper entitled „Managing the Trade-off between Delegation and Task Interdependence in Creative Teams: The Role of Personnel and Cultural Controls”. In this study, Aleksandra Klein and her co-authors argue that creative team performance benefits from both high autonomy and high task interdependence. However, their results indicate a substitutive character, hence, giving team members greater autonomy mitigates the positive effect of greater task interdependence on team creativity, and vice versa.
Assistant Professor Aleksandra Klein earned her Doctoral degree from WU and also holds a M.Sc. in Business & Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) in combination with the CEMS Master in International Management program at SSE and WU. The leitmotiv of Aleksandra’s research is ‘Creativity meets Performance’ with the special focus on the role of management accounting and control systems in creative and innovative environments.