Openness to experience, job characteristics, and employee creativity: An interactionist perspective

Wengang Zhang1, Feng Xu2, Baiqing Sun2
1School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, People’s Republic of China
2School of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Law, Harbin Institute of Technology, People’s Republic of China
Cite this article:  Zhang, W., Xu, F., & Sun, B. (2020). Openness to experience, job characteristics, and employee creativity: An interactionist perspective. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 48(4), e9047.

Volume 48 Issue 4 | e9047 | Published: April 2020 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.9047

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There is considerable ambiguity about how the personality trait of openness to experience affects employee creativity. We investigated how the interactions of openness to experience with decision autonomy, and with task interdependence can influence employee creativity. Analysis of matched data from 217 supervisor–employee dyads showed a direct influence of openness of experience and the decision autonomy and task interdependence job characteristics on employee creativity. Furthermore, we examined the moderating roles of decision autonomy and task interdependence in the effect of openness to experience on employee creativity, and found that openness to experience was positively related to employee creativity and task interdependence was negatively related to employee creativity. Further, decision autonomy positively moderated the relationship between openness to experience and employee creativity, whereas the interaction between task interdependence and openness to experience did not have a significant impact on employee creativity. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

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