Creative sourcing strategies, designed to extract more value from the supply base, have become a competitive, strategic differentiator. To fuel creativity, companies install sourcing teams that can capitalize on the specialized knowledge and expertise of their employees across the company. This article introduces the concept of a team creativity climate (TCC) - team members' shared perceptions of their joint policies, procedures, and practices with respect to developing creative sourcing strategies – as a means to address the unique challenges associated with a collective, cross-functional approach to develop value-enhancing sourcing strategies. Using a systematic scale development process that validates the proposed concept, the authors confirm its ability to predict sourcing team performance, and suggest some research avenues extending from this concept.
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- Sourcing teams, Creativity, Work-unit climate, Scale development, SUPPLY CHAIN, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, SERVICE CLIMATE, ORGANIZATIONAL-CLIMATE, INTERRATER RELIABILITY, EMPIRICAL-EXAMINATION, EMPLOYEE CREATIVITY, INNOVATION, ANTECEDENTS, MANAGEMENT