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Relationships among individual-level correlates of innovation

Sergey Yagolkovskiy (School of Psychology, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation)

International Journal of Innovation Science

ISSN: 1757-2223

Article publication date: 8 January 2019

Issue publication date: 24 May 2019




This paper aims to investigate relationships among correlates of individual innovative activity: creativity, innovativeness, novelty seeking and intelligence.


Data were collected from 202 students of the Higher School of Economics (123 females and 79 males).


The findings revealed significant relations between intelligence and fluency of participants’ creative performances, as well as novelty seeking and innovativeness.

Research limitations/implications

Limitations include the correlation design, the sample of students and the self-reported measures for novelty seeking and innovativeness.

Practical implications

The paper proposes a number of implications for researchers and practitioners who deal with innovation. The results of the study can be applied to various procedures and stages of innovation management.


The study contributes to knowledge on psychological correlates of innovation on an individual level, such as creativity, innovativeness, novelty seeking and intelligence, as well as produces an empirically validated model of the relationships among them.



This research was supported by the Program of Basic Research at the National Research University Higher School of Economics.


Yagolkovskiy, S. (2020), "Relationships among individual-level correlates of innovation", International Journal of Innovation Science, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 196-207.



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