Team job-related anxiety and creativity: Investigating team-level and cross-level moderated curvilinear relationships

Jianghua Mao*, Song CHANG, Yaping Gong, Jia Lin Xie

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Abstract

Researchers have examined the effects of individual job-related anxiety on employee attitudes and behaviors but have yet to examine whether team job-related anxiety would have similar or different effects. Building on prior research on negative group affective tone and creativity, we propose that team job-related anxiety has an inverted U-shaped curvilinear relationship with both team and individual creativity. Furthermore, we posit that team cooperativeness moderates those curvilinear relationships. Using a two-wave research design and matched employee-supervisor data from 290 employees nested in 65 teams, we found support for the proposed inverted U-shaped relationships. Moreover, the intermediate level of team job-related anxiety was associated with higher individual creativity in teams with higher cooperativeness. We conclude the study with a discussion of the theoretical and practical implications of our findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-47
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

User-Defined Keywords

  • individual creativity
  • team cooperativeness
  • team creativity
  • team job-related anxiety

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