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Personality and the creativity of frontline service employees: linear and curvilinear effects

Coelho, F. J., Lages, C. R. and Sousa, C. M. P. (2018) Personality and the creativity of frontline service employees: linear and curvilinear effects. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 29 (17). pp. 2580-2607. ISSN 1466-4399

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2016.1255982


Previous studies have investigated the relationship between the Five Factor model of personality and creativity. As this model has been criticised for providing a limited account of an individual’s personality, this study considers additional personality traits that have recently been investigated in the literature as determinants of employee behaviour. Moreover, we also contribute to the existing body of literature by conducting this study in a services setting, for which we predict personality traits will exert differentiated effects on creativity when compared to other settings. Finally, while past research has focused on linear effects, this study examines the existence of non-linear effects between personality and creativity. The results indicate that personality traits apart from the Five Factor model have an impact on creativity and that the effects of several personality traits on the creativity of frontline service employees differ from those obtained in other settings. Lastly, the findings also show that five of the personality traits have non-linear effects on creativity, and this may be a stimulus for a new stream of research in the human resources literature.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Marketing and Reputation
ID Code:67577


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