Brokerage and Creativity: a Bounded Rationality Perspective
We combine structural and psychological perspectives on creativity in organizations. Employees are expected to be more likely to be creative if they occupy a brokerage position that provides them with access to non-redundant information. However, we draw on bounded rationality arguments and propose that being exposed to diverse information also carries cognitive costs. Data from 68 employees in a single firm suggest that the relation between brokerage and creativity is curvilinear (inverted U shape), and contingent on the focal employee’s ability to focus and concentrate in the workplace.
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Diego Stea is a PhD candidate at LUISS Guido Carli University and research fellow at the Copenhagen Business School. He is mainly interested in agency theory, work motivation, cognition, and network theory. Diego holds masters degrees from the University of Venice and from Cambridge University.