From a mirage to an oasis: Narcissism, perceived creativity and creative performance

Jack A. Goncalo, Francis J. Flynn, Sharon H. Kim

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Abstract

We examine the link between narcissism and creativity at the individual, relational, and group levels of analysis. We find that narcissists are perceived to be creative and can contribute to the generation of creative outcomes but only in the presence of a fellow narcissist. In the first study, narcissism was positively associated with self-rated creativity, despite the fact that blind coders saw no difference between their creative products. In a second study, more narcissistic individuals asked to pitch creative ideas to a target person were judged by the targets as being more creative than were less narcissistic individuals because they were more enthusiastic. Finally, in a study of group creativity, we find evidence of a curvilinear effect: having multiple narcissists is better for generating creative outcomes than having one (but having more than two provides diminishing returns).

Original languageEnglish (US)
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event70th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - Dare to Care: Passion and Compassion in Management Practice and Research, AOM 2010 - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: Aug 6 2010Aug 10 2010

Other

Other70th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - Dare to Care: Passion and Compassion in Management Practice and Research, AOM 2010
CountryCanada
CityMontreal, QC
Period8/6/108/10/10

Keywords

  • Creativity
  • Group dynamics
  • Narcissism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Industrial relations

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