Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

11-2017

Abstract

This article investigateshow Singaporeans’ creativity is influenced by Kiasu, an indigenous construct corresponding to fear of losing out.We examine the impacts of Kiasu on creativity, both as a personal value and a sharedcultural norm in four studies. Study 1 showed that Singaporeans’ Kiasu value endorsementpredicts lower individual creativity. Study 2 demonstrated that this negativerelationship is mediated by a self-regulatory focus on prevention. Study 3further showed the impacts of Kiasu as a personal value and a cultural norm byfinding a significant three-way interaction effect of Kiasu prime, personalKiasu value endorsement, and need for cognitive closure on participants’creativity. Study 4 addressed the Singaporean paradox and found that Singaporeansexhibit higher creativity when primed with their multi-ethnic culture than undercontrol conditions. However, those who associated Singapore with Kiasu lostthis advantage. These findings support the situated dynamics framework ofcultural influence on behavior such that values, norms, and situational cuesplay a role in producing a cultural pattern of creative performance. Thisresearch also has implications for how to incubate creative performance in Asiancountries.

Keywords

culture, creativity, Kiasu, need for cognitive closure, prevention focus, Singapore, Singaporean culture

Discipline

Asian Studies | International and Intercultural Communication | Sociology of Culture

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Management and Organization Review

Volume

13

Issue

4

First Page

871

Last Page

894

ISSN

1740-8776

Identifier

10.1017/mor.2017.41

Publisher

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

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

https://doi.org/10.1017/mor.2017.41.

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