TH-P01-022-interactive - Towards a Dynamic Model of Affect and Workplace Creativity: An Examination of Cognitive and Motivational Processes

Track:
Emotions and organizational contexts
What:
Interactive Poster Presentation
When:
1 hour 30 minutes
Where:
O'Brien Foyer
Discussion:
0
 
Emotion in the workplace
Emotions and organizational contexts
TH-P01-022-interactive
Towards a Dynamic Model of Affect and Workplace Creativity: An Examination of Cognitive and Motivational Processes
S. Chow*
 
 
Content: Purpose
Employees’ affect or mood has long been considered a precursor of workplace creativity. Although research in this area has flourished in the past decade, the majority of studies have focused on the inherent goodness of positive affect or the inherent badness of negative affect. Given that both positive and negative affect are functional and adaptive, the current study seeks to gain a greater understanding of the role of affect on creativity by considering their combined effects.

Methodology 
 Study 1 examines the combined effects of positive and negative affect on creativity through cognitive fluency and originality. 200 participants will undergo a mood induction and then be asked to complete a cognitive fluency test. A panel of experts who are blind to the study will be assembled to provide ratings on cognitive fluency, originality and creativity.
Study 2 examines the combined effects of positive and negative affect on creativity through a learning goal orientation. A sample of 100 participants from the R&D industry will be assessed over a 1-month time period.
Results
First, the interaction between positive and negative affect is expected to predict creativity over and above positive or negative affect alone. Second, this relationship will be mediated by learning goal orientation such that those with a mastery goal will relate positively with creativity while performance goals, negatively.
 Limitations
Although this is a longitudinal study, we are unable to fully replicate the cognitive mechanisms examined in study 1 with the workplace sample of study 2.
Research/Practical Implication
Results may support the validity of using positive and negative affect as an interaction term.
 Originality
1) Examines affect from a dual-tuning perspective, elucidating its cognitive mechanisms. 2) Examines moderators of this relationship in both lab and workplace samples.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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