Psychology of innovation: Innovating human psychology?

Manasi Kumar, Ashish Bharadwaj

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Innovation, creativity and novelty-seeking are being driven by particular states of mind and unique, differentiated socio-cultural needs. This chapter identifies the conditions that drive innovation and when the capacities that enable innovation might get marred in individuals. The focus here is on understanding the behavioral characteristics of the inventor and the psychological mechanisms that guide innovation. Creativity could be a starting point for innovation; the question as to whether this is a necessary condition, and further whether it is a sufficient or insufficient one, is looked into from a managerial, legal and, most importantly, psychological standpoint. A number of perspectives from within psychology that have attempted to address the dynamics that guide creativity and innovation are discussed. Finally, the chapter poses questions that are a primer for addressing psychosocial quandaries around innovations as a mechanism for change for the rural poor.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnological and Institutional Innovations for Marginalized Smallholders in Agricultural Development
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319257181
ISBN (Print)9783319257167
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Behavior
  • Creativity
  • Innovation diffusion
  • Psychological mechanisms
  • Socio-economic needs


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