Date of Award
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Dr. Abdul Karim Khan
Dr. Riyad Eid
Dr. Abdulla Saif Abdulla
Employees’ creativity in any organization is vital to its successful performance and growth. Most researchers have studied creativity using a uni-dimensional approach like work culture, and leadership support. With the new vision of the UAE and its strategy of development in the coming years, more studies about creativity and creative behavior are needed in this region. This research is unique as it studies the creative behavior of government employees from a holistic view within work and outwork factors.
Accordingly, this research identifies and examines the impact of four antecedents on the government employee’s creative behavior. It examines out work antecedents like individual disposition, educational background, social network, and in work antecedent like work culture as such combination should shed light fir further studies to combine both factors when studying creativity and creative behavior.
The four antecedents (individual disposition, educational background, social network, and work culture) with nine constructs (openness to experience, cognitive style, self-learning, problem-solving, parental support, access to a social network, leadership support, job complexity, and co-workers support) were chosen based on the review of the literature and the need of understanding how creative behavior is being practiced by employees, as such antecedents play a major role in exerting creativity. The sample of the study was 350 employees and their 52 supervisors that were selected from nine government and semi-government entities mainly from Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
The results of the study showed that all antecedents have a positive impact with different weights on the individual's creative behavior as an employee of government entities. In specific, openness to experience, self-learning, problem-solving, access to social networks, leadership support, and job complexity have shown a positive relationship with creative behavior, while parental support, cognitive style, and coworkers support did not show a positive relationship with creative behavior. The result of the study showed also that male employees and semi-government employees exert and practice more creative behavior than female and government employees.
We believe that such type of research is very essential for the UAE government, especially with the new vision of the country to be one of the best governments in the world and the limited number of research studies in this region covering such areas.
In light of this, a list of recommendations to the UAE government was made, in addition to educators, individuals, and parents as well. The current study also promises a better understanding of creative behavior and how to improve it in government entities and recommends implementations to the education systems and work cultures to improve such behavior.
Al Zaabi, Adel Rashed Yousef Soufa, "THE ANTECEDENTS OF INDIVIDUALS’ CREATIVE BEHAVIOUR IN GOVERNMENT ORGANISATIONS: EXPLORING THE ROLES OF PERSONALITY, EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND, SOCIAL NETWORKS AND ORGANISATIONAL CULTURE" (2019). Dissertations. 102.