Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

6-2017

Abstract

The ability to think and solve problems creatively in a multiculturalenvironment is critical for success in the 21st century. Integrating research on creativecognition and cultural intelligence, we examine the interactional effects of two cognitivecapabilities – cultural knowledge and cultural metacognition – on individuals’ creativity inmulticultural teams. We propose that although cultural knowledge is useful for creativity,too much knowledge can be detrimental because of cognitive overload and entrenchment.This inverted U-shaped relationship however, is moderated by cultural metacognition.Results of our study support our hypothesis of an inverted U-shape relationship betweencultural knowledge and creativity. As expected, we found that the curvilinear effect ofcultural knowledge occurs only for individuals with low metacognition. For high culturalmetacognition individuals, cultural knowledge has no effect on creativity. These findingsoffer new insights and practical implications for creativity in today’s global environment.

Keywords

creativity, cultural intelligence, cultural metacognition, knowledge, teams

Discipline

Multicultural Psychology | Organizational Behavior and Theory

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

Management and Organization Review

Volume

13

Issue

2

First Page

281

Last Page

300

ISSN

1740-8776

Identifier

10.1017/mor.2016.32

Publisher

Wiley: 24 months - No Online Open / Cambridge University Press (CUP): HSS Journals - No Cambridge Open

Copyright Owner and License

Authors

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1017/mor.2016.32

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