This research is partly supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China Grant (71272103). The second author thanks the Lee Business School of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for summer support.
Is Being a Good Learner Enough? An Examination of the Interplay Between Learning Goal Orientation and Impression Management Tactics on Creativity
Version of Record online: 16 JAN 2014
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 68, Issue 1, pages 109–142, Spring 2015
How to Cite
Liu, D., Wang, S. and Wayne, S. J. (2015), Is Being a Good Learner Enough? An Examination of the Interplay Between Learning Goal Orientation and Impression Management Tactics on Creativity. Personnel Psychology, 68: 109–142. doi: 10.1111/peps.12064
- Issue online: 25 FEB 2015
- Version of Record online: 16 JAN 2014
- Accepted manuscript online: 11 OCT 2013 09:03AM EST
- National Natural Science Foundation of China. Grant Number: 71272103
This study explores how protégés’ learning goal orientation (LGO) and impression management (IM) tactics interact to explain mentors’ provision of mentoring functions and ultimately, protégés’ creativity. Using longitudinal data from 917 mentor–protégé dyads participating in an 8-month mentoring program, we found that protégés’ mentor-focused and self-focused IM tactics strengthened the relationship between protégés’ LGO and the extent of mentoring provided by mentors, whereas job-focused IM tactics weakened this relationship. Moreover, these IM tactics moderated the indirect effect of protégés’ LGO on protégés’ creativity through the extent of mentoring provided by mentors. Implications for organizational theory and practice are discussed.