Chapter 11: Creativity as mood regulation

March L TO*, Neal M. Ashkanasy, Cynthia D. Fisher, Patricia A. Rowe

*Corresponding author for this work

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    In this chapter, we seek to resolve the long-running controversy as to whether moods foster or inhibit creativity. We base our arguments on a new theory, which we refer to as "creativity-as-mood-regulation," where employees experiencing moods are envisaged to engage in creative behavior in the hope of regulating their moods. We further suggest that employees with different goal orientations will have different likelihoods of choosing creative activities to regulate their moods. Finally, we identify the specific goal-orientation conditions under which positive and negative moods may facilitate or depress creativity, and develop and discuss six related propositions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)279-307
    Number of pages29
    JournalResearch on Emotion in Organizations
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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