Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Engineering Management & Systems Engineering


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Committee Director

Resit Unal

Committee Member

Kaitlynn M. Castelle

Committee Member

Charles B. Daniels

Committee Member

Rafael E. Landaeta


The purpose of this research is to investigate the influence of knowledge sharing and creative confidence on the relationship between organizations’ creative environment and employees’ creative behavior. This study individually assesses the relationship between factors from heterogeneous survey participant data and compares the result for two groups; engineers and non-engineers. A theoretical framework is adopted to explain how a creative climate stimulates an individual’s creative behavior and how this relationship is moderated and mediated by knowledge sharing and creative confidence. This is a relatively unexplored concept in the current literature. The results demonstrated that knowledge sharing and creative confidence significantly jointly mediate the relationship between creative climate (the independent variable) and creative behavior (the dependent variable), furthermore moderation analysis results indicate that knowledge sharing and creative confidence do not significantly and jointly moderate the relationship between creative climate and creative behavior. This research supports the existing body of literature relating to organizational behavior in technical environments.