Crafting job demands and employee creativity: A diary study

Shuhua SUN, Nan WANG, Jinlong ZHU, Zhaoli SONG

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People are more creative on some days than others. Studying how individuals generate creative ideas from day to day could contribute to knowledge regarding the causes of such within‐person variations and have practical implications for improving employee creativity across time. By adopting a dynamic resource allocation perspective and a repeated‐measure diary design, we developed and examined a theoretical model focusing on the within‐person processes of employee creativity. Specifically, we hypothesized that momentary role‐breadth self‐efficacy predicts daily changes in increasing job challenges, which, in turn, predicts daily changes in employee creativity, and that the latter relationship is accentuated by decreasing hindering demands. Results, based on 818 pairs of matched morning–afternoon observations from 91 employees over 10 workdays, provided support for our predictions. We discuss the theoretical and practical implications of these results for improving employee daily creativity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-583
Number of pages15
JournalHuman Resource Management
Issue number6
Early online date16 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

Bibliographical note

Shuhua Sun and Nan Wang contributed equally to this study.

Funding information:
This project was partially supported by the Singapore Ministry of Education ACRF grant (R‐317‐000‐129‐115) and Social Science Research Thematic Grant (R‐311‐000‐029‐119) awarded to Z. S., and Lepage Faculty Fellowship awarded to S. S.

Singapore Ministry of Education ACRF grant, Grant/Award Number: R‐317‐000‐129‐115
Social Science Research Thematic Grant, Grant/Award Number: R‐311‐000‐029‐119
A.B. Freeman School of Business: Lepage Faculty Fellowship.


  • employee creativity
  • job crafting
  • role-breadth self-efficacy
  • within-person


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