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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Management

Title

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

Language

English

Abstract

© 2015, © The Author(s) 2015. 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.

Keywords

creativity, learning goal orientation, negative mood, psychological empowerment

Publication Date

2015

Source Publication Title

Human Relations

Volume

68

Issue

10

Start Page

1601

End Page

1622

Publisher

SAGE Publications

ISSN (print)

00187267

ISSN (electronic)

1741282X

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