Portland State University. Department of Psychology
Larry R. Martinez
Term of Graduation
Date of Publication
Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology
Bisexuals, Creative ability, Creative thinking, Personnel management, Supervisors -- Attitudes
1 online resource (v, 61 pages)
Creativity is essential for organizations to remain competitive and profitable. Past evidence suggests diversity in organizations promotes creativity, however, the mechanisms through which diversity promotes creativity in the workplace are not yet understood. Diverse populations' unique experiences may promote creativity, particularly through cognitive flexibility. I investigate the potential for heightened creativity in diverse populations within the context of bisexuality. Specifically, I use the flexibility model of bisexuality to explain why bisexual employees may have greater cognitive flexibility and subsequent creativity than heterosexual employees. Additionally, I seek to understand the moderating role of supervisor support in this relationship. Participants were recruited using snowball sampling methods and Amazon's Mechanical Turk. I did not find evidence that bisexual employees have greater cognitive flexibility and subsequent creativity than heterosexual employees, nor was this relationship moderated by supervisor support. My study contributes to the limited research surrounding the experiences of bisexual employees, presents further insight into how diversity can promote positive organizational outcomes such as creativity, and provides directions for future research.
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Snoeyink, Megan Jane, ""B-ing Flexible" : Examining Creativity in Bisexual Employees" (2021). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 5676.