Enhancing employee creativity in the Chinese context: The mediating role of employee self-concordance

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This study applies the theory of self-concordance and adopts the multi-level analysis approach to examine the mediating effect of employee self-concordance, a core component of intrinsic motivation, on the relationship between social-contextual factors and creativity using hotel industry data obtained from Mainland China. The hierarchical linear modeling (HLM) results from a multisource sample reveal that the three social-contextual variables (i.e., organizational modernity, empowering leadership, and coworkers support and helping) were associated with employee self-concordance, which in turn was associated with employee creativity. Moreover, employee self-concordance fully mediated the three social-contextual variables and creativity. This study shows that organization environment plays a significant role in predicting employee creativity. The implications of the findings for future research and their practical applications in the hotel industry are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-384
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Hospitality Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2011


  • China
  • Employee creativity
  • Hotel
  • Self-concordance
  • Social context

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management

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