Psychological capital and self-reported employee creativity: The moderating role of supervisor support and job characteristics

Wenjing Cai*, Evgenia I. Lysova, Bart A.G. Bossink, Svetlana N. Khapova, Weidong Wang

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Abstract

Although the positive effect of psychological capital (PsyCap) on employee performance is well documented, the conditions under which PsyCap exerts the most influence on creativity warrant further research. Complementing and extending prior studies, we theorize and examine how two critical contextual factors (supervisor support for creativity [SSC] and job characteristics) effectively activate PsyCap associated with self-reported employee creativity. Drawing on an interactional perspective, we use trait activation theory to examine the moderating effects of SSC and job characteristics on the relationship between PsyCap and self-reported employee creativity. Through rigorous hypotheses testing (N = 356 individuals from multiple industries in Chinese firms), our results demonstrate that both SSC and job characteristics positively moderate the PsyCap–creativity relationship. Additional analyses reveal that PsyCap is most effective at enhancing creativity when both SSC and job characteristics are high. Implications of these findings for theory, future research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-41
Number of pages12
JournalCreativity and Innovation Management
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019

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