The Influence of Temporal Fit/Nonfit on Creativity in the Leader-Subordinate Context: The Moderating Role of Task Enjoyment versus Performance Concern

Seoul Journal of Business, Forthcoming

39 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2010

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Jieun Pai

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Anderson School of Management

Sujin Lee

KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)

Eunjin Jung

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) - Departmento of Management Science

Date Written: November 18, 2010

Abstract

This study extends regulatory fit theory by exploring boundary conditions of the temporal fit/nonfit effect on subordinate creativity. We propose that fit (nonfit) between subordinates’ regulatory focus and the temporal distance of a leader-stipulated task enhances subordinate creativity under task-enjoyment (performance-concern) conditions. Data supported the nonfit hypothesis among promotion-focused subordinates: Subordinates who were more promotion-focused showed greater creativity after recalling a leader-stipulated, temporally near task when they concentrated on doing well rather than on enjoying the task. Prevention-focused subordinates showed no such patterns for creativity. Implications for managing employee creativity in the competitive, performance-pressured organizational and business environment are discussed.

Keywords: creativity, regulatory fit/nonfit, regulatory focus, temporal distance, time, intrinsic motivation, extrinsic motivation, leadership, task enjoyment, performance concern, innovation

JEL Classification: A00

Suggested Citation

Pai, Jieun and Lee, Sujin and Jung, Eunjin, The Influence of Temporal Fit/Nonfit on Creativity in the Leader-Subordinate Context: The Moderating Role of Task Enjoyment versus Performance Concern (November 18, 2010). Seoul Journal of Business, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1711624

Jieun Pai

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Anderson School of Management ( email )

110 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481
United States

Sujin Lee (Contact Author)

KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) ( email )

373-1 Kusong-dong
Yuson-gu
Daejeon 305-701
Korea

Eunjin Jung

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) - Departmento of Management Science ( email )

373-1 Kusong-dong
Yuson-gu
Taejon 305-701, 130-722
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

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