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.
creativity, cultural intelligence, cultural metacognition, knowledge, teams
Multicultural Psychology | Organizational Behavior and Theory
Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources
Management and Organization Review
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CHUA, Roy Y. J. and NG, Kok Yee.
Not just how much you know: Interactional effect of cultural knowledge and metacognition on creativity in a global context. (2017). Management and Organization Review. 13, (2), 281-300. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
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