September 12, 2019

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Please note: This event is for invited researchers only.

“I’m going to die if I continue in a corporate job”: Navigating the well-being tensions of engaging in more creative work

Talk description:
This presentation shares the results of a qualitative inductive study of mid-career professionals transitioning from ‘corporate’ into ‘creative’ work. The outcomes of this analysis reveal that creativity consists of three well-being tensions related to the psychological needs for autonomy, competence and relatedness and that creative work holds both the peril of extreme need frustration and the promise of extreme need fulfillment.

Jennifer is a fourth-year PhD candidate in Organisational Behaviour at London Business School. Her research interests include topics related to creativity and identity. Specifically she is fascinated by the transition from a less-creative to a more-creative self concept. Her research explores the psychological, social and emotional experience of creativity. She recently gave a TEDx talk inspired by some of her research.

Jennifer is also certified as a coach through the ICF-accredited program of New Ventures West. She delivers leadership training programs to McKinsey & Company and other corporate clients.

She holds an MBA from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Prior to starting the PhD, Jennifer was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, based in Dubai. Her work focused primarily on helping design and implement large-scale public sector transformation projects across the Middle East and South Asia.

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