Title

Leadership, Creative Problem-Solving Capacity, and Creative Performance: The Importance of Knowledge Sharing

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-24-2013

Publication Title

Human Resource Management

Volume

52

Issue

1

First Page

95

Last Page

121

Abstract

This article presents two studies that examine whether leader supportive behaviors facilitate knowledge sharing and employee creative problem-solving capacity, thereby enhancing creative performance. The findings from both studies indicate that leader supportive behaviors are directly and indirectly related, through both internal and external knowledge sharing, to employee creative problem-solving capacity. In addition, creative problem solving was related to the two dimensions of creative performance—fluency and originality. However, a test of the mediation model indicated that creative problem solving only mediated the relationship between internal knowledge sharing creative performance and originality. These findings highlight the complex process by which leaders facilitate both internal and external knowledge sharing and employee creative problem-solving capacity, thereby improving employee creative performance.