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Constraints that Help or Hinder Creative Performance: A Motivational Approach

10 Pages Posted: 11 May 2015  

Marieke Roskes

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev - Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business & Managment

Date Written: June 2015

Abstract

Threatening situations, in which people fear negative outcomes or failure, evoke avoidance motivation. Avoidance motivation, in turn, evokes a focused, systematic and effortful way of information processing that has often been linked to reduced creativity. This harmful effect of avoidance motivation on creativity can be problematic in financially turbulent times when people fear for their jobs and financial security. However, particularly in such threatening times, creativity may be crucial to innovate, adapt to changing demands and stay ahead of competitors. Here, I propose a theoretical framework describing how different types of constraints in the workplace affect creative performance under approach and avoidance motivation. Specifically, under avoidance motivation, constraints that consume or occupy cognitive resources should undermine creativity, but constraints that channel cognitive resources should facilitate creativity. Understanding the impact of different types of constraints on creative performance is needed to develop strategies for maximizing creativity in the workplace.

Suggested Citation

Roskes, Marieke, Constraints that Help or Hinder Creative Performance: A Motivational Approach (June 2015). Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 24, Issue 2, pp. 197-206, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2604598 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/caim.12086

Marieke Roskes (Contact Author)

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev - Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business & Managment ( email )

P.O.B. 653
Beer-Sheva, 8410501
Israel

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