Department of Management


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Published in Human Resource Management Journal (2012) 22(2): 165–181. DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-8583.2010.00157.x


Both conventional understanding and positive psychology recognise an important link between people’s character strengths and how they perform their jobs. However, no research to date has focused on the relationship of employees’ wisdom strengths, potential mediating effects and creative task performance. Utilising a large heterogeneous sample (N = 974) of working adults, this study found that participants’ levels of the character strengths of wisdom were positively related to their performance on a creative task and negatively related to their reported level of stress. In addition, stress was found to be negatively related to creative task performance, with reported stress partly mediating the relationship between participants’ wisdom and their performance on the creative task. Implications for incorporating character strengths in the development of HRM theory and practice conclude the article.