It is said that creativity is impacted by individual variables and the sociocultural context. This study explores the correlation between intrinsic motivation and the degree of individual-environment fit on individual’s preferences for solitude and polychronicity (the degree of preference for doing multiple activities simultaneously) for individuals who work in creative jobs.
Drawing from Teresa Amabile’s Intrinsic Motivation Principle of Creativity, this study is based on well-grounded research understanding that intrinsic motivation is a strong predictor of creative performance. The study assumes that if the individual-environment fit on preferences for solitude and polychronicity are positively correlated to intrinsic motivation then this fit should also positively impact creativity. Findings of the study revealed that individuals whose preferences for solitude were supported by the environment reported higher levels of intrinsic motivation. However, no such significant correlation was found for individual’s preferences for polychronicity.
MS Learning and Organizational Change students and alumni are change leaders who work in diverse organizational settings and roles. They advance in their careers by leveraging the strong MSLOC network, MSLOC career services and the leadership and strategic thinking skills developed during their time in the program.
Congratulations to members of the MSLOC community who are on the move:
Leslie Girsch (MSLOC Student), Director of Internal Audit at Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Cathy Lieberman (MSLOC Coaching Certificate Alumna), Senior Consultant at Simitri Group International
Giulia Sergi (MSLOC Student), Business Analyst at HealthScape Advisors
Katy Lacy (MSLOC Student), Consultant ThinkWise Consulting
In this special edition of MSLOC's People on the Move, we highlight the story of Beth Seraydarian and Kevin Schneiders, both students in the Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change program at Northwestern University.
Beth came to the MSLOC program interested in transitioning from external human capital consulting to a role focused on internal talent and organizational development. Recently she joined EDSI, a training and consulting firm focused on helping people and companies in transition. Just one year after starting graduate school, she became a Talent Development Specialist at EDSI.
The CEO of EDSI Solutions? Beth's MSLOC classmate Kevin.
It's no surprise that many MSLOC students, alumni and faculty team up outside the confines of the classroom. The curriculum encourages students to engage with one another to collaboratively solve organizational challenges presented in class. Students showcase their creativity, leadership and problem-solving skills while learning with their peers. And they begin to understand the working styles and capabilities of their classmates.
In this interview, Kevin and Beth discuss their journey from being teammates on an MSLOC Foundations team - a course that uses problem-based learning to foster collaboration among students - to becoming colleagues, all the while living in two cities 500 miles apart.