How to manage creativity time?

results from a social psychological time model lab experiment on individual creative and routine performance

Alexander Brem*, Verena Utikal

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Abstract

Companies have long used various approaches for organizing their employees' time for creative and routine tasks in order to improve innovative performance. In this paper, we examine how work schedule autonomy affects individuals' creative and routine performance. We then evaluate non-commissioned time models. Results of laboratory experiments with 233 participants reveal that while average routine performance is not affected by schedule autonomy, the effect of schedule autonomy on creative performance depends on the subject's impulsiveness. There is evidence of an inverse relationship between schedule autonomy and creative performance among subjects of low impulsiveness. Hence, our results indicate that the optimal management policy depends on the manager's focus on creative or routine performance and the types of employees the manager supervises. For routine performance, the creativity time model has no significant impact.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCreativity and Innovation Management
Volume28
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)291-305
ISSN0963-1690
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019

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In: Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 28, No. 3, 09.2019, p. 291-305.

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