Core Knowledge Employee Creativity and Firm Performance: The Moderating Role of Riskiness Orientation, Firm Size, and Realized Absorptive Capacity
Article first published online: 11 MAR 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 66, Issue 2, pages 443–482, Summer 2013
How to Cite
Gong, Y., Zhou, J. and Chang, S. (2013), Core Knowledge Employee Creativity and Firm Performance: The Moderating Role of Riskiness Orientation, Firm Size, and Realized Absorptive Capacity. Personnel Psychology, 66: 443–482. doi: 10.1111/peps.12024
- Issue published online: 20 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 11 MAR 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 15 JAN 2013 10:45AM EST
In this study, we examine when creativity is positively or negatively related to firm performance. Building on the creation–implementation tension theorized in the literature and the attention capacity perspective, we argue that the relationship between creativity and firm performance is contingent on riskiness orientation, firm size, and realized absorptive capacity. Data were collected from 761 core knowledge employees, 148 CEOs, and 148 HR executives from 148 high-technology firms. The results indicated that core knowledge employee creativity was negatively related to firm performance when riskiness orientation was high. The relationship was positive when realized absorptive capacity was high. Finally, the relationship was more positive in small firms than in large firms. We discuss the implications of our findings for creativity research and managerial practices.