Wenjing Cai

Cai, Wenjing
Organisational Behaviour

Dissertation title
Awakening Employee Creativity in Organizations

Date and location
March 8, 2018 at 9:45 in the Aula of of the Main Building of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Awakening Employee Creativity in Organizations

Cai, WenjingEmployee creativity is a critical determinant of organizational innovation, performance, success, and longer-term survival in the dynamically changing world. Researchers have been investigating different predictors to facilitate employee creativity. However, existing knowledge on how these predictors from multiple aspects can be aligned to awaken employee creativity remains incomplete. To fill in this limitation, this dissertation explores through what explanatory mechanisms and under what boundary conditions the various factors from both organizations and employees could simultaneously trigger employee creativity. The results suggest that organizational HRM practices should be bundled to manage employee creativity. Based on empirical studies, both entrepreneurial leadership and servant leadership promote workplace creativity through fostering individual psychological attributes. The findings further reveal that job characteristics and supervisor supports represent key boundary conditions that strengthen the benefits of predictors on the higher levels of creativity.

Short biography
Wenjing Cai (1988) is currently working as a visiting professor at the Department of Management and Organisation at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). Prior to this position, she worked on her PhD-research at the Department of Science, Business and Innovation and Department of Management and Organisation (VU). She received her MSc degree in Public Administration from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). Wenjing’s main research interests are creativity, innovative work behavior, leadership, job design, and entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on the multilevel interface between individuals and teams across cultures.