The Antecedents of Creativity Revisited

A Process Perspective

Marjolein C. J. Caniels*, Katleen De Stobbeleir, Inge De Clippeleer

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Abstract

This study invokes a process view on employee creativity to uncover how the different stages of the creative process are associated with different antecedents. Specifically, we explore the role of five previously identified antecedents of organizational creativity in the different phases of the creative process within organizations: (1) personality; (2) rewards; (3) the role of co-workers; (4) leadership; and (5) organizational resources. In an analysis of 22 case studies we found that antecedents of creativity indeed have different roles in different stages of the creative process and that antecedents that are helpful in one stage of the creative process, can be detrimental for another stage. Such results highlight the importance of conceptualizing creativity as a process, rather than as an outcome variable.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-110
Number of pages15
JournalCreativity and Innovation Management
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

Keywords

  • INNOVATIVE WORK BEHAVIOR
  • RADICAL INNOVATION
  • JOB DEMANDS
  • PERFORMANCE
  • TEAM
  • REWARD
  • MODEL
  • DETERMINANTS
  • ORGANIZATION
  • PERCEPTIONS

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Caniels, Marjolein C. J. ; De Stobbeleir, Katleen ; De Clippeleer, Inge. / The Antecedents of Creativity Revisited : A Process Perspective. In: Creativity and Innovation Management. 2014 ; Vol. 23, No. 2. pp. 96-110.
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The Antecedents of Creativity Revisited : A Process Perspective. / Caniels, Marjolein C. J.; De Stobbeleir, Katleen; De Clippeleer, Inge.

In: Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 23, No. 2, 06.2014, p. 96-110.

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