Can curious employees be more agile? The role of cognitive style and creative process engagement in agility performance

MÜCELDİLİ B., Tatar B., Erdil O.

Global Business and Organizational Excellence, vol.39, no.6, pp.39-52, 2020 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 39 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/joe.22056
  • Journal Name: Global Business and Organizational Excellence
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, ABI/INFORM, Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier
  • Page Numbers: pp.39-52
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


© 2020 Wiley Periodicals LLCCuriosity is an intriguing concept that has attracted the attention of scholars from a variety of disciplines. Yet, work-related curiosity, a crucial factor in workforce agility—the ability of employees to react and adapt to changes in the workplace—has been neglected in organizational research. Here, we broaden our understanding of curiosity in an organizational context through an empirical investigation of the role of cognitive style on work-related curiosity, and the impact of work-related curiosity on the constructs of agility performance and creative process engagement. We argue that cognitive style plays a major role in the formation of work-related curiosity, and hence it is positively associated with agility performance. We also argue that that creative process engagement acts as a mediating factor between work-related curiosity and agility performance. Using structural modeling, and based on data collected from 210 participants in Turkey, we tested five hypotheses concerning these relationships. The results both contribute to the existing literature on work-related curiosity and provide insights for firms wishing to transform their employees' innate curiosity into a valuable organizational resource.