Learning goal orientation and creative performance : the mediating roles of intrinsic motivation

Kwok LEUNG, Tingting CHEN, Guoquan CHEN

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Abstract

We develop a theoretical model to account for the effect of learning goal orientation on creative performance by distinguishing two dimensions of intrinsic motivation as mediators. Challenge intrinsic motivation is concerned with the enjoyment of problem-solving and tackling complex tasks, whereas enjoyment intrinsic motivation is concerned with the enjoyment of task activities and new task experiences. Results show that learning goal orientation has significant positive relationships with both dimensions of intrinsic motivation, but only challenge intrinsic motivation is significantly related to creative performance and mediates the positive relationship between learning goal orientation and creative performance. As predicted, intellectual stimulation, a dimension of transformational leadership, shows a moderating effect, such that learning goal orientation is less positively related to challenge intrinsic motivation when intellectual stimulation is high. Consistent with this result, conditional indirect effect of learning goal orientation on creative performance through challenge intrinsic motivation is weaker when intellectual stimulation is high. No such moderation effect is found for enjoyment intrinsic motivation, providing further support for the differential roles of these two dimensions of intrinsic motivation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings 2012
PublisherAcademy of Management
Pages1247-1252
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2012
Event72nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM 2012) - Boston, United States
Duration: 3 Aug 20127 Aug 2012
http://aom.org/Meetings/annualmeeting/past-meetings/theme2012.aspx

Publication series

NameAcademy of Management Proceedings
PublisherAcademy of Management
Number1
Volume2010
ISSN (Print)0065-0668
ISSN (Electronic)2151-6561

Conference

Conference72nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM 2012)
CountryUnited States
CityBoston
Period3/08/127/08/12
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    LEUNG, K., CHEN, T., & CHEN, G. (2012). Learning goal orientation and creative performance : the mediating roles of intrinsic motivation. In Academy of Management Proceedings 2012 (pp. 1247-1252). (Academy of Management Proceedings; Vol. 2010, No. 1). Academy of Management. https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2012.121