Factors for Radical Creativity, Incremental Creativity, and Routine, Noncreative Performance.

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Zheng Chen

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January 2011

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June 2013




This study extends theory and research by differentiating between routine, noncreative performance and 2 distinct types of creativity: radical and incremental. We also use a sensemaking perspective to examine the interplay of social and personal factors that may influence a person’s engagement in a certain level of creative action versus routine, noncreative work. Results demonstrate that willingness to take risks, resources for creativity, and career commitment are associated primarily with radical creativity; that the presence of creative coworkers and organizational identification are associated with incremental creativity; and that conformity and organizational identification are linked with routine performance. Theoretical and managerial implications are discussed.


Abstract only. Full-text article is available through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Journal of Applied Psychology, 96(4), 730-743. doi: 10.1037/a0022416 Members of the USF System may access the full-text of the article through the authenticated link provided.




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