Negative mood, learning goal orientation, psychological empowerment and creative behavior in the work context

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

From Human Relations

Emotion researchers have found that negative mood may either enhance or inhibit employee creativity. Most management research has assumed that negative feelings produce negative consequences in organizations. This study formulates test hypotheses about likely moderators of the relationship between negative mood and creative process engagement. Findings suggest that negative mood can be unleashed in creative striving, but only if high learning goal orientation (LGO) and psychological empowerment are aligned to facilitate creative behavior.

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.

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Article details
March L To, Cynthia D Fisher, and Neal M Ashkanasy Unleashing angst: Negative mood, learning goal orientation, psychological empowerment and creative behaviour
Human Relations 0018726714562235, first published on May 5, 2015 doi:10.1177/0018726714562235

 

 

 

     
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