Linking meaningfulness in the workplace to employee creativity: The intervening role of organizational identification and positive psychological experiences

Ravit Cohen-Meitar, Abraham Carmeli, David Waldman

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Abstract

This study addresses the question of how meaningfulness in the workplace fosters employee creativity. It is posited that two forms of meaningfulness (meaningfulness at work [perceived organizational identity and external prestige] and meaningfulness in working [challenge and freedom]) are keys to enhancing employee creativity. Specifically, the study examined the intervening role of organizational identification and positive psychological experiences in the relationship between meaningfulness and creativity. The results confirm a sequential mediation model in which meaningfulness in the workplace is positively associated with supervisor ratings of employee creativity, via identification and positive psychological experiences (vitality, positive regard and mutuality, and organization-based self-esteem).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-375
Number of pages15
JournalCreativity Research Journal
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)

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