Unfolding Proactive Processes for Creativity: Integration of Employee Proactivity, Information Exchange, and Psychological Safety Perspectives

Journal of Management, Vol. 38 No. 5, September 2012

23 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2015

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Yaping Gong

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST)

Siu-Yin Cheung

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST)

Mo Wang

University of Florida - Department of Management

Jia-Chi Huang

National Chengchi University (NCCU)

Date Written: September 1, 2012

Abstract

The authors integrate the employee proactivity, information exchange, and psychological safety perspectives to develop a model of individual creativity. Proactive employees prepare themselves with resources in anticipation of effecting changes. The authors propose that proactive employees seek informational resources through exchanging with others in the workplace. Information exchange, in turn, fosters the development of trust relationships that provide psychological safety for creative endeavors. The authors collected time-lagged data from a sample of 190 matched employee-manager pairs in a specialty retail chain. The results showed that proactive employees engaged in more information exchange and, by so doing, built stronger trust relationships with supervisors and colleagues. These trust relationships, in turn, increased employee creativity. The relationship between information exchange and employee creativity was fully mediated by trust. The authors discuss the implications of the findings for creativity theory and research.

Keywords: proactive personality, information exchange, psychological safety, creativity

Suggested Citation

Gong, Yaping and Cheung, Siu-Yin and Wang, Mo and Huang, Jia-Chi, Unfolding Proactive Processes for Creativity: Integration of Employee Proactivity, Information Exchange, and Psychological Safety Perspectives (September 1, 2012). Journal of Management, Vol. 38 No. 5, September 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2631207

Yaping Gong (Contact Author)

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) ( email )

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Siu-Yin Cheung

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST)

Clearwater Bay
Kowloon, 999999
Hong Kong

Mo Wang

University of Florida - Department of Management ( email )

United States

Jia-Chi Huang

National Chengchi University (NCCU) ( email )

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Wenshan, Taipei, 11623
Taiwan

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