The great majority of researchers and theorists agree that in order for organizations and societies to adapt to their rapidly changing environments they must have creative approaches to problem solving. One technique that continues to have promise as a method for generating creative alternatives to complex problems is brainstorming. Yet, despite almost 30 years of research on the process, controversies still exist concerning its approach and methods for stimulating creativity. This study was designed to explore a number of inconsistent findings present in earlier brainstorming research. Results provide clarification for some incongruities, but for others suggest the need for additional research. In particular, analyses indicate that group composition affects member productivity, perceptions of status differentiation, and satisfaction with the group.