Shaping environments conductive to creativity: The role of intrinsic motivation

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A great deal of research on creativity is based on the principle of intrinsic motivation, which underlies creative performance and mediates the effects of contextual factors on employee creativity. Using a sample of Chinese employees from hotel industry, this study's findings support the intrinsic motivation principle. This study applies the self-determination theory to model and examine intrinsic motivation and shows that a sense of autonomous motivation among employees plays a significant role in predicting employee creativity. Factors that promote creativity through autonomous motivation include a climate for creativity, empowering leadership, and coworker support. On the other hand, both task and personal conflict were negatively related to autonomous motivation. A controlling or coercive management style characterized by a focus on punishment, obligations, or external standards appears to be antithetical to employee creativity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-64
Number of pages12
JournalCornell Hospitality Quarterly
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2012


  • autonomous motivation
  • China
  • employee creativity
  • hotel
  • organizational context
  • self-determination theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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