The impact of superior’s anger out on employees’ creative process engagement Mediating effects of negative mood and moderating effects of personal identification with the leader

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SeulKi Lee
JaeYoon Chang


This research aimed to investigate the impact of superior’s anger out on the employees’ creative process engagement, the mediating effect of negative mood, and the moderating effects of the personal identification with the leader. To examine these ideas, we conducted a survey and collected data from 211 employees of diverse organizations. Results result showed that superior’s anger out was positively related to the employees’ negative mood. The negative mood of the employees, however, had no significant effect on the creative process engagement and it did not mediate the relationship of the superior’s anger out with employees’ creative process engagement. Lastly, personal identification with the leader significantly moderated the relationship between the superior’s anger out and the employees’ negative emotion. That is, results revealed that those employees who had higher level of personal identification with the leader regarded his/her anger out as a signal of dissatisfaction toward their work performance, tended to exert more effort to resolve the problems creatively. Applied implications of the results are discussed.


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LeeS., & ChangJ. (2014). The impact of superior’s anger out on employees’ creative process engagement: Mediating effects of negative mood and moderating effects of personal identification with the leader. Korean Journal of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 27(2), 339-366. Retrieved from
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