Title

Adaptors and Innovators: Differing Approaches to Designing Organizational Change Interventions

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Psychological Reports

ISSN

0033-2941

Volume

85

Issue

2

First Page

633

645

Publication Date

10-1999

Abstract

The purpose of this preliminary study was to explore the role of cognitive style and problem-solving in terms of what are similarities and differences among experienced practitioners of human resource development in their approaches to organizational change interventions and what is the relationship, if any, between these approaches and Kirton's characterizations of adaptors and innovators. Qualitative analysis of responses from 10 persons to a hypothetical scenario supported Kirton's Adaption-innovation theory. The 2 Adaptors accepted the given problem and solution and described creative ways to design traditional classroom-based training. The 8 Innovators challenged the assumptions in the scenario, found creative ways to restructure the problem, and proposed nontraditional learning interventions.

Publication Information

Korth, S., & Pettigrew, A. (1999). Adaptors and innovators: Differing approaches to designing organizational change interventions. Psychological Reports, 85(2), 633-645