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Cultivating Creativity: Implications of transformational changes on creative process engagement

Ericsson, Sara LU and Davin, Antonia LU (2019) BUSN49 20191
Department of Business Administration
Abstract
The study aims to develop a deeper understanding of how transformational changes can affect
employees’ creative process engagement. By conducting a single case study at a technology
organization that has been undergoing several transformational changes over the last decade,
we have tried to reach our aim. Adopting an interpretive approach, we have investigated our
research problem by conducting semi-structured interviews with 17 employees at our case
organization. These interviews have let us capture the employees’ perception and experience
of their situation. Our findings suggest that the change has led to a perceived psychological
contract breach, that has decreased some employees’ engagement, while others still engage in
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The study aims to develop a deeper understanding of how transformational changes can affect
employees’ creative process engagement. By conducting a single case study at a technology
organization that has been undergoing several transformational changes over the last decade,
we have tried to reach our aim. Adopting an interpretive approach, we have investigated our
research problem by conducting semi-structured interviews with 17 employees at our case
organization. These interviews have let us capture the employees’ perception and experience
of their situation. Our findings suggest that the change has led to a perceived psychological
contract breach, that has decreased some employees’ engagement, while others still engage in
creative processes. Challenging the theory, we suggest two explanations for why employees are
still inclined to engage. Firstly, the creative process engagement seems to lie outside of their
psychological contract with the organization, thus their engagement is not affected when the
focal contract is breached. Secondly, employees’ who still engage seem to have a high level of
creative self-efficacy, indicating that when creative self-efficacy is high, it is more influential
on creative process engagement than a psychological contract breach. The suggested
explanations both challenge and add to current theory on creative process engagement. We end
by suggesting relevant further research on the subject of creative process engagement. (Less)
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author
Ericsson, Sara LU and Davin, Antonia LU
supervisor
organization
course
BUSN49 20191
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
creative process engagement, transformational change, psychological contract breach, creative self-efficacy
language
English
id
8983015
date added to LUP
2019-07-04 16:29:53
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2019-07-04 16:29:53
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  abstract     = {The study aims to develop a deeper understanding of how transformational changes can affect
employees’ creative process engagement. By conducting a single case study at a technology
organization that has been undergoing several transformational changes over the last decade,
we have tried to reach our aim. Adopting an interpretive approach, we have investigated our
research problem by conducting semi-structured interviews with 17 employees at our case
organization. These interviews have let us capture the employees’ perception and experience
of their situation. Our findings suggest that the change has led to a perceived psychological
contract breach, that has decreased some employees’ engagement, while others still engage in
creative processes. Challenging the theory, we suggest two explanations for why employees are
still inclined to engage. Firstly, the creative process engagement seems to lie outside of their
psychological contract with the organization, thus their engagement is not affected when the
focal contract is breached. Secondly, employees’ who still engage seem to have a high level of
creative self-efficacy, indicating that when creative self-efficacy is high, it is more influential
on creative process engagement than a psychological contract breach. The suggested
explanations both challenge and add to current theory on creative process engagement. We end
by suggesting relevant further research on the subject of creative process engagement.},
  author       = {Ericsson, Sara and Davin, Antonia},
  keyword      = {creative process engagement,transformational change,psychological contract breach,creative self-efficacy},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Cultivating Creativity: Implications of transformational changes on creative process engagement},
  year         = {2019},
}