High-performance work system and employee creativity: The roles of perceived organisational support and devolved management

Guiyao Tang, Bingjie Yu, Fang Lee Cooke, Yang Chen

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the underlying mechanism through which high-performance work system (HPWS) influences employee creativity. In addition, this paper aims to examine contingent factors in the relationship between perceived organisational support and employee creativity. Design/methodology/approach: The sample of the study included 268 employees and matched supervisors from two pesticide chemical companies in China. Hypotheses were tested with linear regressions. Findings: The study shows that HPWS enhances perceived organisational support, which in turn promotes employee creativity. Moreover, the results also indicate that devolved management positively moderates the relationship between perceived organisational support and employee creativity. Research limitations/implications: The unique environment of China may limit the generalisability of the findings. Future studies can extend these findings by conducting studies in other societal contexts. Practical implications: When trying to inspire employee creativity, organisations need to pay attention to employees’ perception of organisational support. One way of enhancing perceived organisational support is to implement HPWS. In addition, organisations need to encourage devolved management in order to inspire more creative behaviours. Originality/value: This is the first study that explores the mediating role of perceived organisational support in the HPWS-employee creativity linkage. In addition, the study provides what is believed to be the first test of the moderating role of devolved management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1318-1334
Number of pages17
JournalPersonnel Review
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • China
  • Devolved management
  • Employee creativity
  • High-performance work systems (HPWSs)
  • Perceived organizational support
  • Quantitative

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