The Academic Association for Organizational Science (AAOS) in Tokyo, Japan will hold an online research seminar from 12-13:30 in JST (3-4:30am in GMT) on March 11th. The guest speaker is Prof. Riki Takeuchi at the University of Texas, Dallas.

For the registration, please send an email to [log in to unmask] with your name, affiliation, and e-mail address. We will reply to you with the zoom link to the online seminar. We are looking forward to your participation!

Speaker: Riki Takeuchi ( Professor, Dr. Joseph Picken Distinguished Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Naveen Jindal School of Management at University of Texas at Dallas)  

Date & Time: 12-13:30 (JST), March 11

Title: Reflecting on death amidst COVID-19: Different trajectories and its impact on creativity thru four-wave longitudinal investigation

Abstract: The current COVID-19 pandemic has claimed thousands of lives all across the globe, making death more salient to many of us who may not have been readily cognizant of such fate. Even though employees in certain occupations routinely deal with the idea of death or mortality, it is not always the case that regular employees in other occupations are made aware of their own mortality. In the current study, using four-wave longitudinal data collected weekly during the initial peak of COVID-19 infections in the United States—during late-June to late-July—we examine how employees interpret and react to death reflection over time and whether or not death reflection is related to creativity. Conducting latent class growth analysis on four-wave longitudinal data obtained from 592 full-time employees, we find four different patterns of mortality salience (death reflection), which are predicted by age, gender, and exercise in an anticipated yet complex manner. In addition, the four trajectories relate differentially to employee creativity. We offer timely, valuable implications for theory and practice

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