Title

Social Networks, Personal Values, and Creativity: Evidence for Curvilinear and Interaction Effects

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2009

Abstract

Taking an interactional perspective on creativity, the authors examined the influence of social networks and conformity value on employees' creativity. They theorized and found a curvilinear relationship between number of weak ties and creativity such that employees exhibited greater creativity when their number of weak ties was at intermediate levels rather than at lower or higher levels. In addition, employees' conformity value moderated the curvilinear relationship between number of weak ties and creativity such that employees exhibited greater creativity at intermediate levels of number of weak ties when conformity was low than when it was high. A proper match between personal values and network ties is critical for understanding creativity.

Keywords

Cross-cultural differences, Modesty, Negativity, Self-evaluations

Discipline

Business

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

Journal of Applied Psychology

Volume

94

Issue

6

First Page

1544

Last Page

1552

ISSN

0021-9010

Identifier

10.1037/a0016285

Publisher

American Psychological Association

City or Country

USA