Trust, connectivity, and thriving: implications for innovative behaviors at work

Abraham Carmeli*, Gretchen M. Spreitzer

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This study examines how trust, connectivity and thriving drive employees' innovative behaviors in the workplace. Using a sample of one hundred and seventy two employees across a variety of jobs and industries, we investigated the relationship between trust, connectivity (both measured at Time 1), thriving and innovative work behaviors (both measured at Time 2). Trust and connectivity were hypothesized to create a nurturing environment that enables people to thrive and be innovative in their work. The results of structural equation modeling (SEM) indicate a sequential mediation model in which connectivity mediates the relationship between trust and thriving, and thriving mediates the relationship between connectivity and innovative behaviors. The theoretical and practical implications for employee thriving and innovative behaviors at work are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-191
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Creative Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • And trust
  • Connectivity
  • Innovative behaviors
  • Thriving


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