KNOWLEDGE WORKERS' CREATIVITY AND THE ROLE OF THE PHYSICAL WORK ENVIRONMENT


Dul J., Ceylan C., Jaspers F.

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, vol.50, no.6, pp.715-734, 2011 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 50 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/hrm.20454
  • Journal Name: HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.715-734

Abstract

The present study examines the effect of the physical work environment on the creativity of knowledge workers, compared with the effects of creative personality and the social-organizational work environment. Based on data from 274 knowledge workers in 27 small and medium-sized enterprises, we conclude that creative personality, the social-organizational work environment, and the physical work environment independently affect creative performance. The relative contribution of the physical work environment is smaller than that of the social-organizational work environment, and both contributions are smaller than that of creative personality. The results give support for human resource practices that focus on the individual, the social-organizational work environment, and the physical work environment in order to enhance knowledge workers' creativity. (C) 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.