Sparking creativity among manufacturing workers using extrinsic rewards: a self-determination theory perspective

Shipton, H. ORCID: 0000-0003-4006-7923, Lin, V., Teng, W. ORCID: 0000-0003-1326-0509, Kitt, A., Do, H. and Chadwick, C., 2022. Sparking creativity among manufacturing workers using extrinsic rewards: a self-determination theory perspective. Human Resource Management. ISSN 0090-4848 (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

The relationship between extrinsic rewards and creativity has been subject to ongoing debate within the human resource management and creativity literatures. More research on the mechanisms and boundary conditions has been called for. In this study, using 187 employee-supervisor dyads in an electronics manufacturing company, we investigated how and when creativity-contingent extrinsic rewards (CER) may foster creativity among shopfloor manufacturing employees. Drawing on self-determination theory, we hypothesized, and found that employee intrinsic motivation mediated the relationship between CER and employee creativity. This relationship was the strongest when employees rated their leader-member exchange (LMX) as high. The findings reveal the important role of CER in guiding manufacturing workers’ intrinsic motivation and stimulating creativity. The identification of LMX as a moderator uncovers crucial boundary conditions of this relationship. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Human Resource Management
Creators: Shipton, H., Lin, V., Teng, W., Kitt, A., Do, H. and Chadwick, C.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: 16 May 2022
ISSN: 0090-4848
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Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 16 May 2022 13:26
Last Modified: 16 May 2022 13:26
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/46323

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