The Renaissance or the cuckoo clock? The differential effects of workload and work demands on employee innovation

Unsworth, Kerrie L. & Chang, Artemis (2005) The Renaissance or the cuckoo clock? The differential effects of workload and work demands on employee innovation. In Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 5-10 August, Honolulu, Hawaii. (Unpublished)


We propose that two forms of "a hard life" will have divergent effects on creativity. The first, workplace distress, is hypothesised to be negatively related to creativity; however the second, work demands, is hypothesised to be positively related. Two studies were conducted: The first was a cross-sectional study of 1180 hospital employees in the UK, and the second was a longitudinal study of 300 public sector employees in Australia. These two studies, each with different samples and different operationalisations, generated substantively similar results. Despite a high correlation between the two forms, an increase in workplace distress led to a decrease in employee creativity, but an increase in work demands led to an increase in creativity. These findings held up not just cross-sectionally, but also longitudinally, providing additional credence to the results. Potential mediators and interactive effects were assessed, and theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

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ID Code: 3030
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Creativity, innovation, stress
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Industrial and Organisational Psychology (170107)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 06 Jan 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 18:00

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