Are hopeful employees more creative? An empirical study

Arménio Rego*, Fernanda Machado, Susana Leal, Miguel Pina E. Cunha

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We studied how employees' hope explains their creativity at work, both directly and through the mediation of happiness. One hundred and twenty-five individuals reported their hope and happiness, their supervisors having reported their creativity. Factor analyses suggested two hope factors (waypower; composite hope) and three creativity dimensions (novel ideas; creative ideas; ideas championing). The main findings were the following: (a) the composite hope predicted all creativity dimensions, the waypower dimension predicted only the ideas championing dimension; and (b) the composite hope measure also predicted creativity through the mediating role of happiness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-231
Number of pages9
JournalCreativity Research Journal
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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