Monetary rewards do not necessarily encourage creativity

  • The effects of monetary incentives and recognition on creativity are not uniform across different jobs and employees.
  • Those in simple jobs responded most positively to extrinsic rewards. The study found no or negative effects of extrinsic rewards for people holding complex jobs.

Survey of 171 employees from two manufacturing organisations.

Baer, Markus. 2012. “Putting Creativity to Work: The Implementation of Creative Ideas in Organizations.” Academy of Management Journal 55 (5): 1102.