How does a reward for creativity program benefit or frustrate employee creative performance? The perspective of transactional model of stress and coping

Fuli LI, Tingting CHEN, Xin LAI

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Abstract

We explore the effect of a reward for creativity program on employee creativity in organizations by investigating the underlying mechanisms based on the transactional model of stress and coping—a novel theoretical perspective for this research area. We theorize and find in two field studies that challenge appraisal of a reward for creativity program (perceived potential for gain, growth, or mastery) is positively related to problem-focused coping, which in turn predicts high creative performance. By contrast, threat appraisal of a reward for creativity program (perceived potential for harms or losses) is positively related to emotion-focused coping in the form of blaming, which in turn predicts low creative performance. Our findings also support the different indirect effects of the two appraisals of a reward for creativity program on creative performance through coping strategies. In addition, we find self-efficacy that is an antecedent of individual appraisals. We discuss the implications of the findings for theory development and managerial practice and suggest some important avenues for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-175
Number of pages38
JournalGroup and Organization Management
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018

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Bibliographical note

This article is based on the first author’s dissertation for a PhD degree under the super- vision of Professor Kwok Leung at City University of Hong Kong.

Keywords

  • challenge appraisal
  • coping strategies
  • creativity
  • reward for creativity program
  • threat appraisal

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How does a reward for creativity program benefit or frustrate employee creative performance? The perspective of transactional model of stress and coping. / LI, Fuli; CHEN, Tingting; LAI, Xin.

In: Group and Organization Management, Vol. 43, No. 1, 01.02.2018, p. 138-175.

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)Researchpeer-review

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