New job - new ideas: the relationship between tenure and perceived creative climate

Erik Lundmark*, Hans Björkman

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Human resource development (HRD) practices are intertwined with organizational creative climate (CC). Understanding the factors that influence CC is important since CC influences not only employees' possibilities to share and develop ideas, but also potentially employees' decision to leave their current organization. This study focuses on how perceptions of CC is related to tenure in organizations by analysing perceived CC in a random sample of unionized Swedish white-collar workers (n = 1303). It finds tenure to be negatively related to perceived CC for the first few years of employment. The level of knowledge required for a position does not moderate this relationship, but more knowledge-intensive work in itself tends to be associated with higher levels of perceived CC. Implications for HRD are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)605-621
Number of pages17
JournalHuman Resource Development International
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • creative climate
  • creativity
  • socialization
  • tenure
  • union membership
  • white-collar workers


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