The Relationship between Affect and Creativity in Organizations: the Roles of Affect Characteristics, Neuro-cognitive Mechanisms and Task Type

The Effect of Affect in Organizational Settings

ISBN: 978-0-76231-234-4, eISBN: 978-1-84950-362-4

ISSN: 1746-9791

Publication date: 26 September 2005

Abstract

The nature of affect and creativity relationship has been under debate, with some studies pointing out that positive affect is conducive, while others arguing that positive affect is detrimental to creative performance. In order to clarify the complicated affect-creativity relationship, we examine several factors that have not been sufficiently looked at: the role of affect characteristics (e.g., temporal factors), neuro-cognitive mechanisms (e.g., set-breaking), and the type of creative task performed (e.g., requiring negative versus positive creativity). To improve our understanding of seemingly inconsistent previous findings, we offer a model that links affect, through a set of mediators and moderators, to creative performance in organizations, accompanying our analysis with a set of 14 testable propositions.

Citation

Eisenberg, J. and James, K. (2005), "The Relationship between Affect and Creativity in Organizations: the Roles of Affect Characteristics, Neuro-cognitive Mechanisms and Task Type", Ashkanasy, N., Zerbe, W. and Härtel, C. (Ed.) The Effect of Affect in Organizational Settings (Research on Emotion in Organizations, Vol. 1), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 241-261. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1746-9791(05)01110-7

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