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Sustainability 2019, 11(1), 257; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11010257

The Role of Cynicism and Personal Traits in the Organizational Political Climate and Sustainable Creativity

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Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200030, China
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International Business School Suzhou, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou 215123, China
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Discipline of International Business, The University of Sydney, Sydney 2006, Australia
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Received: 18 December 2018 / Revised: 1 January 2019 / Accepted: 2 January 2019 / Published: 7 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Human Resource Management)
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Abstract

Innovation, as the key concern of sustainable human resource management, is one of the motivators of the sustainable development of organizations. However, past literature believes that innovation may be hindered by the organizational political climate. Based on the self-determination theory, this study proposes a new perspective to transfer the effect of this climate on innovation through the mediating role of cynicism and the moderating role of personal trait regulatory focus. Findings from 341 seven-point Likert survey questionnaires of employees in a Chinese automobile enterprise revealed that: first, the organizational political climate (expect interpersonal relationships) negatively predicted radical creativity and incremental creativity; second, organizational cynicism mediates the negative relationship between the organizational political climate and radical creativity and incremental creativity; third, the mediating effect of the organizational cynicism relationship between the organizational political climate and dualistic creativity could be affected by the personal trait regulatory focus. This study fills the gap in the relationship between organizational political climate and innovation. Additionally, this study proposes several suggestions for the practitioners and further research. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable human resource management; organizational political climate; organizational cynicism; personal trait regulatory focus; employee innovation sustainable human resource management; organizational political climate; organizational cynicism; personal trait regulatory focus; employee innovation
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Zhang, Q.; Sun, S.; Zheng, X.; Liu, W. The Role of Cynicism and Personal Traits in the Organizational Political Climate and Sustainable Creativity. Sustainability 2019, 11, 257.

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