Creativity as mood regulation

March Leung To, Neal M. Ashkanasy, Cynthia D Fisher, Patricia A. Rowe

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In this chapter, we seek to resolve the long-running controversy as to whether moods foster or inhibit creativity. We base our arguments on a new theory, which we refer to as "creativity-as-mood-regulation", where employees experiencing moods are envisaged to engage in creative behaviour in the hope of regulating their moods. We further suggest that employees with different goal orientations will have different likelihoods of choosing creative activities to regulate their moods. Finally, we identify the specific goal-orientation conditions under which positive and negative moods may facilitate or depress creativity, and develop and discuss six related propositions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmotions and organizational dynamism
Subtitle of host publicationResearch on emotions in organizations
Place of PublicationBingley, UK
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages29
ISBN (Print)9780857241771
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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