Developing employee creativity: A cross-level approach through HR developmental practices

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This piece of work investigates the strategic role of Human Resource Development (HRD) as a facilitator of more creative behaviours amongst employees. Although creativity has been recognised an essential ingredient of long-term organisational success, evidence suggests that much remains hidden in the research. For instance, it is still unclear whether and how creativity enhancing strategies maximise the individual creative potential for growth and development and contribute to overall organisational effectiveness. The scant research to date highlights that certain HRD interventions can evoke an opportunity of organisational and personal growth by developing and unleashing untapped human expertise. However, no previous work has empirically tested the fit between strategic HRD and individual creative behaviours.

In this piece of work, the literature review guides the development of a model of creativity, grounded on the insights from the system models of creativity. Person-context interactions and strategic HRD are the focus of the proposed approach. The model illustrates that HRD is well-placed to encourage individual creativity through influence on creativity-relevant processes and mechanisms at both individual and organisational levels and the meso-level of workgroup supports. Furthermore, it endorses the person-context relationship by developing a sense of a creativity favourable organisational climate and individual commitment to creative tasks.

The contributions of this piece of work are twofold. First, it contributes to the creativity and HRD literature by conceptualising creativity within HRD research and outlining agenda for future research. Second, it is provoking for practitioners who are struggling with the issues of employee creative development and flourishing.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 16 Jun 2020
Event4th MIC Conference 2020 – Virtual Edition - , Italy
Duration: 14 Sept 202016 Sept 2020
Conference number: 4


Conference4th MIC Conference 2020 – Virtual Edition
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  • employee creativity
  • HRD intervention
  • model of creativity


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