Access Teresa Amabile’s Classic Creativity Data

Creativity researchers will surely find this interesting.

Academic researchers now have free access to data from Dr. Teresa Amabile’s daily diary study of 200+ professionals working on 26 creative projects in 7 companies in 3 industries. These data cover topics such as motivation, emotion, work environment, creativity, and productivity.

Diary data were collected each weekday throughout the life of the projects or discrete project phases—over 4 months on average, and up to 9 months; the response rate was 75%. Most projects involved new product development.

Publications based on the data have included the book The Progress Principle, as well as several scholarly journal articles, practitioner articles, and case studies. The database includes detailed coding of “event of the day” stories from the nearly 12,000 diary submissions, as well as quantitative measures of psychological state collected daily; performance ratings collected from close colleagues and supervisors monthly; and demographics, personality, motivational orientation, cognitive style, perceptions of the work environment, and other measures, collected at other times during the study.

Look for the Daily Diary Study database on Harvard University’s Dataverse platform:

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