Journal of Management & Governance

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 525-556

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With a view to make things better: individual characteristics and intentions to engage in management innovation

  • Jennifer KunzAffiliated withGoethe-University
  • , Stefan LinderAffiliated withESSEC Business School Email author 

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Management innovations increasingly attract interest from both scholars and practitioners. However, few writers have studied the role of individuals in inventing and implementing management innovations. In particular, little is known about individual-level factors that can be put under scrutiny in personnel recruitment processes and which can be expected to drive individuals’ intention to engage in recognizing and championing opportunities for management innovations. We develop a set of hypotheses on the role of individuals’ needs for achievement, needs for power, and attitudes to change and risk in determining their intention to engage in management innovation behavior and put these hypotheses under empirical scrutiny.


Management innovation Need for achievement Need for power Attitudes Personnel selection