Innovation and the "dark side" of personality: Dysfunctional traits and their relation to self-reported innovative characteristics

Zibarras, L. D., Port, R. L. & Woods, S. A. (2008). Innovation and the "dark side" of personality: Dysfunctional traits and their relation to self-reported innovative characteristics. Journal of Creative Behavior, 42(3), pp. 201-215. doi: 10.1002/j.2162-6057.2008.tb01295.x

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Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between self-reported innovative characteristics and dysfunctional personality traits. Participants (N = 207) from a range of occupations completed the Innovation Potential Indicator (IPI) and the Hogan Development Survey (HDS). Those who reported innovative characteristics also reported the following dysfunctional traits: Arrogant, Manipulative, Dramatic, Eccentric; and lower levels of Cautious, Perfectionist and Dependent. A representative approximation of the higher order factor “moving against people” (Hogan & Hogan, 1997) was positively associated with innovative characteristics. It is concluded that innovation potential may be viewed as a positive effect of some otherwise dysfunctional traits, most notably those encompassed under the second-order HDS factor ‘moving against people’.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Social Sciences > Department of Psychology
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/2214

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