Psychological Capital and Self‐Reported Employee Creativity: The Moderating Role of Supervisor Support and Job Characteristics

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Wenjing Cai

VU University Amsterdam

Evgenia I. Lysova

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Bart A. G. Bossink

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Svetlana Khapova

VU University Amsterdam

Weidong Wang

Shaoxing University

Date Written: March 2019

Abstract

Although the positive effect of psychological capital (PsyCap) on employee performance is well documented, the conditions under which PsyCap exerts the most influence on creativity warrant further research. Complementing and extending prior studies, we theorize and examine how two critical contextual factors (supervisor support for creativity [SSC] and job characteristics) effectively activate PsyCap associated with self‐reported employee creativity. Drawing on an interactional perspective, we use trait activation theory to examine the moderating effects of SSC and job characteristics on the relationship between PsyCap and self‐reported employee creativity. Through rigorous hypotheses testing (N = 356 individuals from multiple industries in Chinese firms), our results demonstrate that both SSC and job characteristics positively moderate the PsyCap–creativity relationship. Additional analyses reveal that PsyCap is most effective at enhancing creativity when both SSC and job characteristics are high. Implications of these findings for theory, future research and practice are discussed.

Suggested Citation

Cai, Wenjing and Lysova, Evgenia I. and Bossink, Bart A. G. and Khapova, Svetlana and Wang, Weidong, Psychological Capital and Self‐Reported Employee Creativity: The Moderating Role of Supervisor Support and Job Characteristics (March 2019). Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 28, Issue 1, pp. 30-41, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3337973 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/caim.12277

Wenjing Cai (Contact Author)

VU University Amsterdam ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, ND North Holland 1081 HV
Netherlands

Evgenia I. Lysova

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Netherlands

Bart A. G. Bossink

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Netherlands

Svetlana Khapova

VU University Amsterdam ( email )

Weidong Wang

Shaoxing University ( email )

Shaoxing
China

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