Creative requirement: A neglected construct in the study of employee creativity?

Unsworth, Kerrie L., Wall, Toby D., & Carter, Angela (2005) Creative requirement: A neglected construct in the study of employee creativity? Group and Organization Management, 30(5), pp. 541-560.

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We identify the creative requirement of a job as a neglected predictor of employee creativity and propose that it may account for relationships between traditional work factors and creativity. As such, it may represent a more effective means of increasing creativity than changes in job design. Using structural equation modeling, we tested this model against four competing models, using a sample of 1083 health service employees. Creative requirement was found to account for much of the variance by fully mediating the effects of supportive leadership and role requirements and partially mediating those of empowerment and time demands. We conclude that creative requirement is an important proximal determinant of employee creativity and a potentially significant intervention.

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ID Code: 3026
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Creativity, innovation, creative
DOI: 10.1177/1059601104267607
ISSN: 1552-3993
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 Sage Publications
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 06 Jan 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 18:09

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