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Assessing the Work Environment for Creativity

Teresa M. Amabile, Regina Conti, Heather Coon, Jeffrey Lazenby and Michael Herron
The Academy of Management Journal
Vol. 39, No. 5 (Oct., 1996), pp. 1154-1184
Published by: Academy of Management
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/256995
Page Count: 31
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Abstract

We describe the development and validation of a new instrument, KEYS: Assessing the Climate for Creativity, designed to assess perceived stimulants and obstacles to creativity in organizational work environments. The KEYS scales have acceptable factor structures, internal consistencies, test-retest reliabilities, and preliminary convergent and discriminant validity. A construct validity study shows that perceived work environments, as assessed by the KEYS scales, discriminate between high-creativity projects and low-creativity projects; certain scales discriminate more strongly and consistently than others. We discuss the utility of this tool for research and practice.

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