Assessing a Multidimensional Measure of Radical Technological Innovation

  • Green S
  • Gavin M
  • Aiman-Smith L
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DDD For almost 30 years, innovations have been characterized as
radical or incremental. Nevertheless, the construct has not been
precisely defined and ad hoc measures have been the norm in the
literature. This paper describes the development of measures which
address multiple dimensions of the concept of innovation radicalness and
treat it as a continuous variable. A rigorous process of item
development, reliability analysis, and both exploratory and confirmatory
factor analysis was used. The developed measures meet psychometric
standards, demonstrate criterion-related validity, and capture four
dimensions of radicalness: technological uncertainty, technical
inexperience, business inexperience, and technology cost. Findings
support the conceptualization of radicalness as a continuum with
multiple dimensions, and suggest that those dimensions may be
differentially related to project characteristics and outcomes. The
utility of these measures and dimensions as diagnostic tools in project
management is discussed. Radicalness as a multidimensional concept is
also discussed as a valuable tool in project planning, project
evaluation, and understanding the strategic implications of pursuing
radical innovation

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  • Stephen G. Green

  • Mark B. Gavin

  • Lynda Aiman-Smith

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