Translating External Knowledge to Team Creativity in Turbulent Environments: The Role of Absorptive Capacity and Knowledge Integration

Chenghao Men, Jinlian Luo, Patrick S.W. Fong, Jing Zhong, Weiwei Huo

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In seeking to understand factors contributing to team creativity in dynamic environments, we explored the role of external knowledge search on team creativity through absorptive capacity and knowledge integration. We tested our hypotheses with a sample of 96 teams involving 421 employees in China. Results demonstrated that external knowledge search related positively to team creativity, fully mediated by both absorptive capacity and knowledge integration. In addition, environmental dynamism played a moderating role in the relation between external knowledge search and absorptive capacity, as well as in the relation between external knowledge search and knowledge integration. We discussed the implications of these findings for research and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-377
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Creative Behavior
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020


  • absorptive capacity
  • environmental dynamism
  • external knowledge search
  • knowledge integration
  • team creativity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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