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Implicit theories of innovativeness: a cross-cultural analysis


  • Nadezhda Lebedeva

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics)

  • Lusine Grigoryan

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics. International Laboratory for Socio-Cultural Research)


This study reveals and examines cultural differences in values, implicit theories of innovativeness, and attitudes toward innovation across three ethnocultural groups: Russians, representatives of the peoples of North Caucasus (Ingush and Chechens), and Tuvins (N = 801). Individual theories of innovativeness appeared to be more pronounced in Russians, whereas social theories of innovativeness are more discernible in respondents from the North Caucasus and Tuva. Using structural equation modeling, we identified a culturally universal model of value effects (direct and mediated by implicit theories of innovativeness) on attitudes toward innovation. The study demonstrates how the direct negative impact of Conservation values on positive attitudes toward innovation is transformed into a positive impact that promotes the acceptance of innovation through the mediating role of implicit theories of innovativeness. This study sheds light on the important mediating role of implicit theories of innovativeness on the impact of individual values on attitudes toward innovation in different cultures

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  • Nadezhda Lebedeva & Lusine Grigoryan, 2013. "Implicit theories of innovativeness: a cross-cultural analysis," HSE Working papers WP BRP 16/SOC/2013, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:16/soc/2013

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    1. Grewal, Rajdeep & Mehta, Raj & Kardes, Frank R., 2000. "The role of the social-identity function of attitudes in consumer innovativeness and opinion leadership," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 21(3), pages 233-252, June.
    2. Nadezhda Lebedeva & Peter Schmidt, 2013. "Values and Attitudes towards Innovation among Canadian, Chinese and Russian Students," HSE Working papers WP BRP 04/SOC/2013, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
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    culture; values; attitudes; creativity; innovation; implicit theories; innovativeness;

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    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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