Innovative organisations need creative employees who generate new ideas for product or process innovation. This paper presents a conceptual framework for the effect of personal, social-organisational and physical factors on employee creativity. Based on this framework an instrument to analyse the extent to which the work environment enhances creativity is developed. We apply this instrument to a sample of 409 employees and find support for the hypothesis that a creative work environment enhances creative performance. We illustrate how the instrument can be used in companies to select and implement improvements.

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Keywords creativity, innovation, work environment
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Series ERIM Article Series (EAS)
Journal Ergonomics
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Dul, J, & Ceylan, C. (2010). Work environments for employee creativity. Ergonomics, 1–25. Retrieved from