Improving organizational newcomers’ creative job performance through creative process engagement: The moderating role of a synergy diversity climate

Orlando C. Richard, Derek R. Avery, Aleksandra Luksyte, O. Dorian Boncoeur, Christiane Spitzmueller

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Abstract

Despite the mounting research demonstrating that employee seniority positively relates to creative job performance, we predict that a synergy diversity climate eliminates the employee seniority–creative job performance relationship by unleashing the creative potential of organizational newcomers. Drawing upon the integration-and-learning perspective for managing diversity, Study 1 finds that a synergy diversity climate moderates the relationship between employee seniority and supervisor-rated creative job performance lending support to our hypothesis. Study 2 provides an extension by showing how creative process engagement mediates this moderating effect on self-rated creative performance. Finally, Study 3 replicates and extends Study 2 by demonstrating the mediating role of creative process engagement but utilizing supervisor-rated creative job performance, while again showing synergy diversity climate to be an important boundary condition. In sum, we find that synergy diversity climate, as opposed to fairness and discrimination diversity climate, interacts with employee seniority by facilitating greater creative process engagement for newcomers subsequently impacting creative job performance. We discuss theoretical and practical implications for how the individual-level creative job performance effects may represent a microfoundation to creative team dynamics that confer a sustainable competitive advantage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-444
Number of pages24
JournalPersonnel Psychology
Volume72
Issue number3
Early online date14 Jan 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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