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How do developmental I-deals promote team creativity: the role of team creative-efficacy and error management atmosphere

Zili Fan (School of Economics and Management, Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan, China)
Hao Sun (School of Economics and Management, Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan, China)
Pingli Zhu (School of Economics and Management, Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan, China)
Mengting Zhu (School of Management, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China)
Xuan Zhang (School of Economics and Management, Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan, China)

Chinese Management Studies

ISSN: 1750-614X

Article publication date: 27 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

As a new human resource management practice, developmental idiosyncratic deals (developmental I-deals) play an important role in attracting, retaining and motivating employees to promote creativity. Based on the social cognitive theory, the purpose of this study is to examine the impact of developmental I-deals on team creativity through team creative-efficacy and the moderating role of error management atmosphere in this process.

Design/methodology/approach

To reduce the effects of common method biases and causal lag effect, this study was divided into three stages for data collection, with a time interval of a month. A total of 365 employee samples (72 team samples) from seven internet enterprises in Shanghai and Wuhan were selected, and Bootstrap method and Johnson-Neyman method were used to test the hypothesis.

Findings

The results of this study show that developmental I-deals positively affect team creativity, and team creative-efficacy mediates the relationship between developmental I-deals and team creativity. Error management atmosphere strengthens the impact of developmental I-deals on team creative-efficacy and further strengthens the indirect effect of developmental I-deals on team creativity through team creative-efficacy.

Originality/value

Based on the social cognitive theory, this study examines the impact of developmental I-deals on team creativity through team creative-efficacy and the moderating role of error management atmosphere in this process. First, the study of I-deals category was further refined. The existing research defines the concept of I-deals in a general way and does not classify it in detail. Second, the internal mechanism of I-deals is revealed. Third, it expands the multi-level research of I-deals.

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Acknowledgements

Funding. This study is supported by the Research Fund Project of Hubei University of Technology (XJ2021008601), by the National Social Science Foundation of China (18BGL137), by the Hubei Provincial Social Science Foundation of China (20ZD041) and by the Hubei Provincial Philosophy and Social Science Foundation of China (20Y053).

Author contributions. All authors listed have made a substantial, direct and intellectual contribution to the work and approved it for publication.

Disclosure. The authors report no conflicts of interest in this work.

The ethics statement. Before starting our research, we submitted our research plan to the Academic Ethics Committee of the School of Economics and Management of Hubei University of Technology and obtained the moral approval and review of the content of the plan. All the participants willingly took part in the questionnaire survey, and a written informed consent was provided by the participants and institutions. We make sure that the guidelines outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki were followed.

Citation

Fan, Z., Sun, H., Zhu, P., Zhu, M. and Zhang, X. (2022), "How do developmental I-deals promote team creativity: the role of team creative-efficacy and error management atmosphere", Chinese Management Studies, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/CMS-06-2022-0218

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