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Complete

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1512

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In this study, we show how a user’s relationship with technology influences creative performance. We employ a conservation of resources lens through which we envision creativity to be an effortful working out of creative ideas and argue that the user’s technology-specific resources (i.e., IS Mastery and Creative IT Identity) will supplement their resource pool prior to the creative task. During the task, these resources will affect the extent to which users are capable of efficiently redirecting cognitive resources away from interacting with the technology and toward managing the creative task. Those who are more efficient in allocating resources will more successfully stave off depletion effects and will achieve higher levels of creative performance. We test our hypotheses with data collected from an observational study of 213 undergraduate business students. The results show creativity is a demanding task and those least encumbered by the IS are most likely to achieve creative results.

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Creativity with IS: A Conservation of Resources Perspective

In this study, we show how a user’s relationship with technology influences creative performance. We employ a conservation of resources lens through which we envision creativity to be an effortful working out of creative ideas and argue that the user’s technology-specific resources (i.e., IS Mastery and Creative IT Identity) will supplement their resource pool prior to the creative task. During the task, these resources will affect the extent to which users are capable of efficiently redirecting cognitive resources away from interacting with the technology and toward managing the creative task. Those who are more efficient in allocating resources will more successfully stave off depletion effects and will achieve higher levels of creative performance. We test our hypotheses with data collected from an observational study of 213 undergraduate business students. The results show creativity is a demanding task and those least encumbered by the IS are most likely to achieve creative results.

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