Title

Constructive controversy and creative process engagement : the roles of positive conflict value, cognitive flexibility, and psychological safety

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Applied Social Psychology

Publication Date

2-2018

Volume

48

Issue

2

First Page

101

Last Page

113

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.

Abstract

This research explores how and when constructive controversy enhances creative process engagement. We identify positive conflict value and cognitive flexibility as two mediating processes that transmit the effect of constructive controversy on creative process engagement. We further theorize that psychological safety shows opposing moderating effects: It strengthens the positive conflict value–creative process engagement link, whereas weakens the cognitive flexibility–creative process engagement link. Moreover, we propose that psychological safety strengthens and weakens the two mediating pathways through positive conflict value and cognitive flexibility, respectively. Results based on a multiwave data involving 239 employees from the research and development division of a large high-technology company provide support for our hypotheses. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

DOI

10.1111/jasp.12494

Print ISSN

00219029

E-ISSN

15591816

Funding Information

Guangdong Education Department, Scientific Research Project, Grant/Award Number: 2013WYM_0068 {2013WYM_0068}

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.

Full-text Version

Publisher’s Version

Language

English

Recommended Citation

Ou, Z., Chen, T., Li, F., & Tang, P. (2018). Constructive controversy and creative process engagement: The roles of positive conflict value, cognitive flexibility, and psychological safety. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 48(2), 101-113. doi: 10.1111/jasp.12494

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