The Necessity of Others is the Mother of Invention

  • Grant A
  • Berry J
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Although many scholars believe that intrinsic motivation fuels creativity, research has returned equivocal results. Drawing on motivated information processing theory, we propose that the relationship between intrinsic motivation and creativity is enhanced by other-focused psychological processes. Perspective taking, as generated by prosocial motivation, encourages employees to develop ideas that are useful as well as novel. In three studies, using both field and lab data, we found that prosocial motivation strengthened the association between intrinsic motivation and independent creativity ratings. In our second and third studies, perspective taking mediated this moderating effect. We discuss theoretical implications for creativity and motivation. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR

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  • creative ability
  • innovations business
  • intrinsic motivation
  • motivation (psychology) research
  • perspective taking
  • prosocial behavior

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  • Adam M Grant

  • James W Berry

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