Coming up with fresh ideas for new or existing products, services and processes is widely recognized as the key to sustainable economic advantage, and as a result, the creativity of employees has made innovation central to the discussions. But how can creativity be actively promoted and sustained in the workplace? Attention to employee emotions is critical, the authors say. Organizations are emotionally charged environments, and while research has begun to validate affective (ie emotional) influenc … Read more »

Coming up with fresh ideas for new or existing products, services and processes is widely recognized as the key to sustainable economic advantage, and as a result, the creativity of employees has made innovation central to the discussions. But how can creativity be actively promoted and sustained in the workplace? Attention to employee emotions is critical, the authors say. Organizations are emotionally charged environments, and while the research has begun, affective (ie, emotional) to validate impacts on a number of results of the work (including job quality, productivity and efficiency), little is known about how naturally occurring affective experience in known flow of our daily work lives affect creative thinking on the job. The authors show that the emotion-creativity-cycle system, with influences can start at any point, a dynamic pattern of increase or decrease in positive affect and creativity.
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Teresa M. Amabile,
Sigal Barsade,
Jennifer Mueller,
Barry M. Staw
Source: Rotman School of Management
5 pages.
Release date: 01 May, 2006. Prod #: ROT026-PDF-ENG
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