Title

A dynamic perspective on affect and creativity

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2013

Abstract

We argue that creativity is influenced by the dynamic interplay of positive and negative affect: High creativity results if a person experiences an episode of negative affect that is followed by a decrease in negative affect and an increase in positive affect, a process referred to as an “affective shift.” An experience-sampling study with 102 full-time employees provided support for the hypotheses. An experimental study with 80 students underlined the proposed causal effect of an affective shift on creativity. We discuss practical implications for facilitating creativity in organizations.

Keywords

Creativity, Behavior, Mood and emotions, Attitudes, Cognitions, and Affect, Organizational Behavior, Multi-level (e.g., HLM, WABA, RCM)

Discipline

Organizational Behavior and Theory

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

Academy of Management Journal

Volume

56

Issue

2

First Page

432

Last Page

450

ISSN

0001-4273

Identifier

10.5465/amj.2010.0894

Publisher

Academy of Management

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