Diversity of social ties and creativity: Creative self-efficacy as mediator and tie strength as moderator

Yaping Gong (First Author), Tae-Yeol Kim (Participant Author), Zhiqiang Liu (Participant Author)

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Abstract

How does diversity of social ties influence creativity? Moving beyond the information argument, we theorize creative self-efficacy as a motivational explanation for the relationship between diversity of social ties and creativity. We further posit tie strength as a boundary condition for this mechanism. We collected social ties data from 309 employees and creativity data from 98 direct supervisors. Results showed that diversity of social ties had a direct positive relationship with creative self-efficacy and an indirect positive relationship with employee creativity via creative self-efficacy. These direct and indirect relationships were fortified when tie strength was reinforced. We contribute to and advance theory development by identifying and testing creative self-efficacy as a motivational mechanism for diversity of social ties. We show the importance of diversity of social ties and tie strength and their synergistic role in the motivational process linking social ties to creativity.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHuman Relations
Issue numberEarly Access
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Corresponding author email

zqliu@hust.edu.cn

Keywords

  • Diversity of social ties
  • explicit knowledge
  • intrinsic motivation
  • social learning
  • tacit knowledge
  • tie strength

Indexed by

  • FT
  • ABDC-A*
  • Scopus
  • SSCI

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