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Eric von Hippel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035217

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035217.001.0001

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Personality Traits of Successful Free Innovators

Personality Traits of Successful Free Innovators

(p.115) 9 Personality Traits of Successful Free Innovators
Free Innovation

Eric von Hippel

The MIT Press

This chapter identifies personality traits significantly associated with successful free innovation in the household sector. It draws upon a 2016 study conducted among a sample of 546 German consumers, focusing on three successive innovation process stages: having an idea for an innovation for personal use; building a prototype for personal use; and diffusing the innovation either by free, peer-to-peer transfer or to a producer firm. In addition, this study uses the five-factor model of personality (also known as the Big Five model) consisting of five underlying traits in personality that display minimal overlap: openness, extraversion, conscientiousness, agreeableness, and neuroticism. Based on this study, the chapter suggests two possible ways to increase the amount of successful free innovation.

Keywords:   successful free innovation, personality traits, five-factor model, Big Five model, innovation process

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