Title: Key dimensions of personal innovativeness

Authors: Keith Walley; Sophie Goodall; Andrea Humphries; Jim Huntington; David White; Tony Asson

Addresses: Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB, UK ' Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB, UK ' Department of Crop and Environment Sciences, Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB, UK ' Department of Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences, Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB, UK ' Department of Engineering, Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB, UK ' Department of Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management, Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB, UK

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to provide insight into the concept of personal innovativeness through an application of the Ettlie and O'Keefe (1982) innovativeness scale. A mixed-mode approach to data collection involving online and postal surveying was used to obtain responses from 404 practicing UK managers. Although the work has a number of limitations relating to the personal innovativeness scale employed and difficulties associated with comparative analysis of the results, the findings are statistically significant and appear to have face value. The most important finding from this study is the identification of five key dimensions of personal innovativeness which suggests that the concept is fragmenting and becoming more complex. The paper concludes by considering the implications of the findings in terms of recruitment of managers, their education and training, the design of reward packages, and the allocation of resources.

Keywords: personal innovativeness; innovativeness scales; innovation; UK; United Kingdom; manager recruitment; manager education; manager training; reward packages; resource allocation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIR.2017.081408

International Journal of Business Innovation and Research, 2017 Vol.12 No.2, pp.259 - 276

Received: 26 Jan 2015
Accepted: 08 May 2015

Published online: 11 Dec 2016 *

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