The creative environment's influence on intent to turnover: A structural equation model and analysis

Jacqueline Mayfield (Division of International Business and Technology Studies, College of Business, Texas A&M International University, Texas, USA)
Milton Mayfield (Division of International Business and Technology Studies, College of Business, Texas A&M International University, Texas, USA)

Management Research News

ISSN: 0140-9174

Publication date: 1 January 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to examine the creative environment's effect on a worker's intent to turnover. It was designed to investigate the creative environment's role on garden variety creativity (non‐elite) workers' organizational outcomes.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey was used to collect data from a heterogeneous sample of garden variety creativity workers. This data was analyzed using a structural equation model.

Findings

Structural equation model analysis results indicated a good fit between the hypothesized model and the sample data. The goodness‐of‐fit index was 0.97, and the RMSEA was 0.06. Results indicated a significant path coefficient of −0.77 between creative environment and intent to turnover.

Research limitations/implications

From this study, future research needs to be conducted that will expand the findings' generalizability. Also, additional work should develop specific implementation practices for appropriate organizational redesign.

Practical implications

These findings show the strong role that the creative environment has on worker turnover intentions. As such, this study provides useful insights for leadership, job design, and enrichment practices. The study also provides a useful framework for examining the creative environment.

Originality/value

This paper increases the understanding of the creative environment's role in broad workplace outcomes. Information and constructs are also provided about the rarely examined garden variety creativity worker. The paper also provides a useful, easily administered creative environment scale.

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Citation

Mayfield, J. and Mayfield, M. (2008), "The creative environment's influence on intent to turnover: A structural equation model and analysis", Management Research News, Vol. 31 No. 1, pp. 41-56. https://doi.org/10.1108/01409170810845949

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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