Innovator Mindset® is a holistic approach to innovation informed by more than a decade of research and development, and based on the Valuable Novelty Theory of Innovation.
This comprehensive theory of innovation describes the fundamental characteristics shared by all forms of innovation, whether it occurs in nature, science, technology, business, the arts, or society as a whole. These characteristics define innovativeness, or the ability to create valuable novelty. Innovator Mindset® is designed to provide an umbrella that encompasses all of the diverse practices and perspectives that have come to represent innovation in so many different settings.
The Innovator Mindset® instrument (IMi) is based on this theory, and specifically the universal pattern of innovation known as the Innovation Cycle. It was piloted in 2008 inside organizations that included Medtronic, Thompson Reuters and Allina Health Systems among others, and was found to be a robust and reliable measure of innovativeness. It has since been researched with hundreds of entrepreneurs in cooperation with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and is a remarkably powerful predictor of value creation.
IMi has been used to measure and develop the innovativeness of graduate students in biofabrication at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, under a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Further research is underway or planned.