Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Advisor's Name

Victoria L. Pace

Advisor's Title

Committee Chair

Advisor's Name

Jesse S. Michel

Advisor's Name

Chockalingam Viswesvaran

Keywords

creativity, industrial/organizational psychology, personality, individual differences, organizational climate, motivation, polychronicity, creative self-efficacy, big five

Date of Defense

6-21-2012

Abstract

This study examined the relationship between several individual differences (openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, creative self-efficacy, intrinsic motivation, and polychronicity) and creativity. It also examined how the organizational climate (support for creativity) moderated the relationship between the individual differences and creativity. All the individual differences except for polychronicity were positively correlated with creativity as well as support for creativity. Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) found that the individual differences explained 58% of the variance in creativity and that support for creativity moderated the relationship between conscientiousness and creativity and between extraversion and creativity. Because of noticed similarity between creativity and creative self-efficacy items, a factor analysis was done which confirmed some overlap. Implications of the findings of this paper are discussed.

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