Original Research

Improvisational theatre as team development intervention for climate for work group innovation

Burgert Kirsten, Ronel du Preez
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 36, No 1 | a862 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v36i1.862 | © 2010 Burgert Kirsten, Ronel du Preez | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 September 2009 | Published: 15 November 2010

About the author(s)

Burgert Kirsten, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Ronel du Preez, Stellenbosch University, South Africa


Orientation: Changes in business environments have resulted in a need for the development of innovative teams. Improvisational theatre as a technique could contribute to the understanding of how individuals can work together and be innovative.

Research purpose and motivation: This study evaluates the influence of a team development intervention utilising improvisational theatre exercises on innovative work group climate.

Research design, approach and method: A quasi-experimental non-equivalent control group design was employed with an experimental group and a control group from a healthcare managerial division.

Main findings: Repeated-measures ANOVA results indicated that for innovative work group climate as a whole, as well as for three of its factors, namely participative safety, vision, and task orientation, the experimental group’s scores improved significantly (p < 0.05). Support for innovation did not show significant differences.

Practical/Managerial implications: This research has shown that improvisational theatre is a team development tool that can be used to assist work teams in creating a climate for innovation.

Contribution/value-add: This study extends the body of knowledge in the field of team building and highlights the contribution that improvisational theatre can make toward the development of work teams.


innovation; group climate; group performance; improvisation; team-building


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