Document Type



Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor's Name

Victoria L. Pace

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Jesse S. Michel

Third Advisor's Name

Chockalingam Viswesvaran


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

Date of Defense



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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