Satisfaction with creativity: a study of organizational characteristics and individual motivation

Sacchetti, Silvia and Tortia, Ermanno C. (2013). Satisfaction with creativity: a study of organizational characteristics and individual motivation. Journal of Happiness Studies, 14(6) pp. 1789–1811.



In answering the question of what influences satisfaction with creativity in the workplace, this work takes into account the extent to which the organization supports human aspiration to act creatively. The work throughout reflects a pragmatist approach to creativity and fulfillment, bridging it with needs theory in psychology. The empirical model uses survey data encompassing over 4,000 workers in Italian social enterprises. Results show that satisfaction with creativity is supported, at organizational level, by teamwork, autonomy, domain-relevant competences, as well as by inclusive, fair processes and relationships. At the individual level, satisfaction with creativity is enhanced by the strength of intrinsic initial motivations. The analysis of interaction terms shows that teamwork and workers’ initial motivations are complementary in enhancing satisfaction with creativity, while a high degree of domain-relevant competences appears to substitute advice and supervision by superiors in accomplishing the desired level of creative action.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 41565
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1573-7780
  • Project Funding Details
  • Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
    "The economic role of non-profit organisations. New theoretical developments and empirical tests"2004 PRIN scheme (Research Projects of National Interest)Italian Ministry for Scientific Research
    Not SetNot SetCaRiPLo Foundation
  • Extra Information
  • The survey used for this study belongs to EuRICSE (European Research Institute for Cooperative and Social Enterprises)
  • Keywords
  • creativity; pragmatism; satisfaction; motivations; teamwork; autonomy; inclusion; fairness; social enterprises
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
    Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
  • Depositing User
  • Silvia Sacchetti