The Love of Inventing, from Veblen to Amabile: A Look at the Construct “Inventor/Innovator” from the Era of Edison to Today’s Corporate R&D ScientistQuttainah MA1* and Cocco J2
- *Corresponding Author:
- Majdi Anwar Quttainah
Assistant Professor, Kuwait University College of Business Administration, Kuwait
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: April 25, 2016; Accepted date: August 05, 2016; Published date: August 15, 2016
Citation: Quttainah MA, Cocco J (2016) The Love of Inventing, from Veblen to Amabile: A Look at the Construct “Inventor/Innovator” from the Era of Edison to Today’s Corporate R&D Scientist. J Biosens Bioelectron 7:216. doi:10.4172/2155-6210.1000216
Copyright: © 2016 Quttainah MA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Large firms, having a desire to achieve disruptive innovation, will need to rely on the inventive, innovative, and entrepreneurial spirit of the “hired” inventors they employ to do such work. This report traces the roots of the theories of motivation concerning the construct “inventor/innovator” from the time of the heroic individual inventor in the late 1800s until today, within the context of the evolution of the corporate R&D institution. Understanding the motivations and characteristics of the early “heroic” individual inventor as well as the evolving theory of appropriate R&D management strategy in large firms might chart a path to creating a better corporate environment for radical innovation (and better results). Characteristics observed over one hundred years ago align well with the current theories of the best way to enhance corporate employee creativity, leading to higher innovation rates, what Veblen called “the instinct of workmanship” parallels closely to what Amabile defines as “intrinsic motivation”.