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Kirton KAI test


I would like to find out more about Kirtons KAI test. Does anyone know how I can do this? Also does anyone know of another other test/inventory which could be linked to the innovation process?


Christine Elgood

4 Responses

  1. KAI
    KAI is now distributed by ASE, who also run the accreditation course. An impressive volume of research has grown around the KAI, supporting its central tenets but overlooking its lack of attention to human relationships. I am familiar with three tools useful in relation to innovation. The Herrmann Brain Dominance Inventory (UK trainer and distributor is Merrmann International, tel. 01424 775100); and the old favorite, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (UK distributor and trainer, OPP tel. 01865 510203) Relationship Q (publisher OCG tel. 01993 880304) is very powerful tool for mirroring more and less fruitful relationships. If you wish to discuss, phone me on 020 8654 0808

  2. OPP Innovation Potential Indicator
    Contact Dr Fiona Patterson designer and developer of IPI with Oxford Psychologist Press. It purports to measure precisely what you are looking for. I have not used it, but read interesting research article about it. Fiona can be contacted on 01865 404500. OPP has a website.

    Hope this helps.

  3. Kirton
    I spoke to prof. Kirton (sorry to name drop) a few months ago and was told that he has now taken back the training and distribution rights (formerly with ASE). Criteria to be accredited was pretty stringent with a preference for people to be chartered psychologists. This may have changed in the intervening months and ASE may have got the distribution back so its worth checking with them. Email me ([email protected]) if you would like prof. Kirtons phone number.

  4. Innovation styles – KAI etc
    I’ve knowledge of KAI thru its use by the Open University Business School MBA Creativity module.

    Whilst it may have a volume of “evidence” – my experience is that it does not stand up to scrutiny and is more of a label than development tool.
    Just one example – Kirton states that where there is more than a 10 point difference in score, then communication difficulties ensue.
    I’ve not asked groups about their score until late day 2 of a 5 day course. People are communicating well – whatever their scores.

    The HBDI – Herrmann Brain Dominance Indicator – is much more pragmatic and just as well, if not more documented around the world.

    For business use – you might like to read “Whole Brain Business Book” by Ned Herrmann (McGraw Hill 1996) or

    I use it as a starting point for conversations and as an integral part of 1:1 executive coaching, corporate strategic thinking, creativity & Innovation and more. Have also developed a workbook and 360 degree instrument around HBDI

    For anyone who wants to find out more about HBDI I am presenting a taster session titled “Whole Brain Leader or Half-Brained Manager?” at the University of Bath on evening Tue 26 September – see – events page for details

    Steve Gorton
    Enabling Development
    t: +44 01904 701118
    e: [email protected]


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