Journal of Management & Governance

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 525–556

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


DOI: 10.1007/s10997-013-9280-7

Cite this article as:
Kunz, J. & Linder, S. J Manag Gov (2015) 19: 525. doi:10.1007/s10997-013-9280-7


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 innovationNeed for achievementNeed for powerAttitudesPersonnel selection

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ESSEC Business SchoolParisFrance
  2. 2.Goethe-UniversityFrankfurt/MainGermany