Chen/Roth/Todhunter: DOI 10.18536/bcce.2015.

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Chen, N., Roth, K. J., & Todhunter, J. E. (2015). I can do it! The effect of belief in stable luck on employee creativity. Business Creativity and the Creative Economy, 1(1), 22-30. http://dx.doi.org/10.18536/bcce.2015.

I Can Do It!
The Effect of Belief in Stable Luck on Employee Creativity

Ning Chen, Kevin J. Roth, and Janeil E. Todhunter
Clarion University of Pennsylvania


The current research explores the relationship between belief in luck and employee creativity. Study 1 had 27 college students who reported their luck beliefs on the Belief in Good Luck Scale. Results indicated that belief in luck was positively related to one’s creativity. In Study 2, 70 college students were randomly assigned to either Luck Condition or Control Condition. Results showed that when a luck belief was activated, these individuals were more creative than those in the control condition. Study 3 examined a process that may mediate the relationship between luck beliefs and creativity. Eighty-eight college students completed the Luck Scale, a Creative Self-efficacy Scale, and the Runco Ideational Behavior Scale. Results demonstrated that luck belief positively affected creative ideation via creative self-efficacy. We discuss the implications of these findings for creativity theory and luck research, as well as for managerial practices.