Unleashing angst: Negative mood, learning goal orientation, psychological empowerment and creative behaviour

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

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    Abstract

    Emotion researchers have found that negative mood may either enhance or inhibit employee creativity. Little is known about this conundrum, however, and in particular when and why each effect occurs. To address this concern, we formulate and test hypotheses about likely moderators of the relationship between negative mood and creative process engagement. Results from an experience sampling study with 556 real-time reports from 68 employees support our hypothesis that negative mood is most strongly and positively related to concurrent creative process engagement among employees who (a) have high trait learning goal orientation and (b) perceive that they are empowered. Our hypotheses and findings help to resolve the ongoing controversy surrounding the nature of the negative mood–creativity nexus.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1601-1622
    Number of pages22
    JournalHuman Relations
    Volume68
    Issue number10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2015

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
    • Social Sciences(all)
    • Strategy and Management
    • Management of Technology and Innovation

    User-Defined Keywords

    • creativity
    • learning goal orientation
    • negative mood
    • psychological empowerment

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