Linking Core Self-Evaluation to Creativity: The Roles of Knowledge Sharing and Work Meaningfulness

Yejun Zhang, Jianmin Sun, Caihui Lin, Hong Ren

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Abstract

Whereas core self-evaluation (CSE) has been proposed as an antecedent of creativity, surprisingly, little research has examined it. Extending prior research on CSE, this study investigates when and how CSE relates to creativity. Drawing on the approach/avoidance theoretical framework (Elliot & Thrash, 2002), we propose that employee’s knowledge sharing behavior serves as a mechanism that links CSE to creativity. We further examine the positive moderating effect of work meaningfulness as an activator of the approach tendencies of high-CSE employees. We tested our hypotheses using two-wave multi-source data from a sample of 200 researchers and their supervisors. The results fully supported our hypotheses, and offered both theoretical implications and practical implications.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of business and psychology
Early online date28 Nov 2018
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Publication statusEarly online date - 28 Nov 2018

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