Discovery Skills and Innovative Work Behavior – A Study of the Indian IT Workforce


  • Research Scholar Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), Capgemini Technology Solutions, New Delhi, Delhi, 110016, India
  • Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi, Delhi, 110016, India


This paper uses the existing literature to understand what is it that innovative individuals do differently, and what are the factors which lead to innovators behaving differently in the context of an Indian IT organization. The paper explores Innovator’s DNA Model proposed by Harvard and uses the same to draw relationship between the skills of an innovator and the work behavior showcased by them. To establish this relationship, the researchers administer a questionnaire consisting of 40 items ; (20) for Innovator’s DNA, (13) for Innovative Work Behavior, (7) for demography. The questionnaire was responded by 50 Innovators and 50 Non-Innovators of an Indian IT organization. The paper compares the factors contributing to Innovator’s DNA and Work Behavior in case of Innovators and Non Innovators and concludes that there is a relationship between the Discovery Skills of an Innovator and the Innovative Work Behavior showcased by them. The paper concludes by proposing a model created using SPSS AMOS that correlates Discovery Skills and Innovative Work Behavior by identifying 6 factors for innovator’s DNA and 4 factors for Innovative Work Behavior, in case of innovative individuals.


Innovation, Innovator’s DNA, Innovative Work Behavior, IT, IT organization , Discovery Skills, Creativity, Medici Effect, Breadth and Depth of Experience

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IT organization

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