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›› 2010, Vol. 18 ›› Issue (6): 955-962.

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Improve or Hinder:Influence of Affect on Creativity at Work



  1. School of Economics and Management, University of Science and Technology, Beijing 100083, China
  • Received:2009-12-02 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2010-06-15 Published:2010-06-15
  • Contact: ZHANG Jian

Abstract: The influence from affect on work behaviors has long been neglected in organizational research. Workplace affect seems to influence creative performance on the job. However research examining the relationship between affect and creative performance has yielded inconsistent and contradictory results. Based on systematic review of existing research on this topic, an integrative model is presented, which explains how positive and negative affect, affect intensity and other affective variables influence creative performance. Organizational contexts (task characteristics, leader support etc.) as moderators, and cognitive resources as well as motivational factors as mediator can be found in this model. Implications for future research are discussed.

Key words: affect, creative performance, arousal, cognitive factors, moderators