Publisher: Routledge, 2011, 395 pages
Adaption-Innovation theory (A-I theory) is a model of problem solving and creativity which aims to increase collaboration and reduce conflict within groups. A-I Theory and the associated Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory (KAI) have been extensively researched and are increasingly used as tools for teambuilding and personnel management. In Adaption-Innovation: In the Context of Diversity and Change, Dr Kirton outlines the central concepts of the theory, including the processes of problem solving, decision making and creativity. In addition, Dr Kirton focuses on how wide diversity within a team affects problem solving, creativity and effective management of change, as well as offering practical information for those helping diverse teams succeed in today's demanding climate.
This timely and comprehensive text is written for anyone who wants to know more about problem solving, thinking style and creativity. As such it will appeal to a broad range of people, from human resource managers, business consultants and group trainers, to students of psychology, business, management, sociology, education and politics.
I have to admit that I just love the KAI, since I was introduced to it in my MBA-studies. It complements the MBTI so nicely and explains so much of human behavior (including your own) that it is unbelievable. And this is the background to the theory, laid out in dry, boring prose…
With that said, I'm a bit disappointed that it didn't include the questionnaire, so that you could identify your KAI-scores, and it is really boorishly written. Altogether, I still like it, as very much information is in there, but it really should have been helped by a decent editor, outside of the University sphere.
Recommended reading, if you can get through it…