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IFKAD 2017 Special Tracks

Resilience and creativity of knowledge workers: Role of wellbeing and happiness in influencing creativity
With an increasing degree of globalisation of work, there is an emerging evidence also of work intensification, for not just blue-collared workers but also knowledge workers. Increased levels of workload leads to stress and has an adverse impact on individual's subjective well-being outcomes. The concept of subjective wellbeing has become a subject of great interest for economists, sociologists, psychologists, management scholars and policy makers in order to improve quality of life. Subjective wellbeing of individuals is valuable at an individual level as well as societal level (Diener & Seligman, 2004). The existing empirical and longitudinal studies suggest that individual wellbeing play a pivotal role in establishing ground for resilience spirit (Steel, Schmidt, & Shultz, 2008; Diener & Lucas, 1999). Resilient individuals are able to recover quickly after difficult conditions (Oxford Dictionary, 2001). Resilient individuals keep calm in the face of difficulties and have the ability to manage own and others emotions (Athota & Roberts, 2015; O'Connor & Athota, 2013). Research also has established the association between wellbeing and individual incomes (Diener and Suh, 1997; Kahneman and Krueger, 2006; Rojas, 2007; Zhou, 2012). The influence of income on people's feelings and behavior is regarded as highly complex. The extent of individual's happiness to income is limited, both positive and negative experiences of wealth eventually fade with time (Diener, Lucas, & Scollon, 2006). Kahneman and Deaton (2010) concluded that wealth is associated with satisfaction but happiness is not guaranteed. Low income negatively influenced emotional well-being and subjective well-being (Kahneman and Deaton, 2010). Despite all these, individuals who committed to personal and professional goals enhance human wellbeing (Lyubomirsky, King, & Diener, 2005). Purposeful engagement of various activities that promote growth and self-mastery assist in leading a resilient lives (Ryff, 2014). The human spirit is incredibly resilient and continuously strives to achieve wellbeing. Despite conceptual overlap, we can't find existing research how wellbeing and resilience influence creativity among knowledge workers. A number of human resource management and management practices have been noted to enhance employee creativity, which is vital for delivering product and process innovation outcomes in a wide range of contexts (Malik, 2013; Malik & Nilakant, 2015; Malik, Mitchell & Boyle, 2016). In this track we call for innovative new research that focuses on the impact well-being and resilience of knowledge workers on creativity. The focus of this track is to explore how wellbeing and resilience influences creativity, not only at an individual level but at a group and systems level. Furthermore, majority of research on resilience has been undertaken in the field of psychology. We are most interested in questions that focus on how people can increase their wellbeing and resilience at workplace and its relation to HRM. We provide below a list of questions relevant to the special track. Researchers are welcome to consider a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies for These questions are indicative but may also include additional questions:

  • What aspects of wellbeing and resilience influence creativity of knowledge workers at workplace?
  • What is the relationship between wellbeing, resilience and creativity of knowledge workers at workplace?
  • What factors influence wellbeing of knowledge workers?
  • What factors influence creativity and resilience of knowledge workers?
  • What can be done to fill wellbeing literature gap for knowledge workers?
  • How do knowledge workers develop their resilience at workplace?
  • What is the role of HRM practices in supporting employee well-being and resilience of knowledge workers?
  • What is the role of HRM practices in supporting creativity of knowledge workers?

Wellbeing, happiness, resilience, knowledge integration, innovation, knowledge workers

Ashish Malik | Newcastle Business School, Australia
Vidya S. Athota | University of Notre Dame, Australia