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Talent management under a big data induced revolution: The double-edged sword effects of challenge stressors on creativity

Kaidi Zhang (Department of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)
Xiao Jia (Department of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China) (Research Center for Technological Innovation, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)
Jin Chen (Research Center for Technological Innovation, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 12 March 2019

Issue publication date: 20 September 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The emerging natures of big data – volume, velocity, variety, value and veracity – exert higher stress on employees and demand greater creativity from them, causing extreme difficulties in the talent management of organizations in the big data era. The purpose of this paper is to explore the effect of challenge stressors on creativity and the boundary conditions of the relationship.

Design/methodology/approach

Multisource data were collected including 593 followers and their 98 supervisors from organizations that are confronting a big data induced management revolution. Hierarchical regression analysis and bootstrapping analysis were used to test the mediation and moderation mechanism.

Findings

The results showed that job burnout mediated the negative relationship between challenge stressors and creativity and that this indirect effect was attenuated by an employee’s core self-evaluation (CSE) and servant leadership. In contrast, whether work engagement mediated the relationship between challenge stressors and creativity was contingent on the level of an employee’s CSE and servant leadership. Specifically, the mediating effect was significant only when an employee’s CSE or servant leadership was high.

Originality/value

The results contribute to our understanding of the relationship between challenge stressor and creativity in the big data era. Specifically, relying on the job demands–resources model, this study empirically opens the “black box” between challenge stressors and creativity by exploring two opposing intermediate mechanisms. In addition, this study reveals boundary conditions by investigating dispositional and contextual factors that can accentuate the positive effect while attenuating the negative effect of challenge stressors on employee creativity.

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Citation

Zhang, K., Jia, X. and Chen, J. (2019), "Talent management under a big data induced revolution: The double-edged sword effects of challenge stressors on creativity", Management Decision, Vol. 57 No. 8, pp. 2010-2031. https://doi.org/10.1108/MD-06-2018-0711

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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