Work curiosity: A new lens for understanding employee creativity

Yu Yu Chang, Hui Yu Shih

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Abstract

Curiosity has long been recognized as the driving force behind individuals' exploratory drive, learning behavior, and willingness to embrace novelty. It is generally believed that the exploratory spirit of a curious mind can enhance the individual's imagination and cognitive capability for creative ideation. But there has been surprisingly little work to clarify the relationship between curiosity and creativity. Moreover, existing research commonly oversimplifies the operationalization of human curiosity. From a pluralist view of curiosity, this paper leverages insights from psychological research to explain how curiosity can be applied in the organizational context and help to better understand employee creativity. We draw upon several seminal theories on curiosity and motivation and explore the effects of organizational context and individual differences on employees' work curiosity. We furthermore elucidate how work curiosity leads to employee creativity by affecting the cognitive processes and psychological states. Implications for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100672
JournalHuman Resource Management Review
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec

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Exploratory Behavior
Creativity
Lenses
Psychology
Imagination
Curiosity
Employee creativity
Research
Individuality
Motivation
Learning

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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