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the Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory.

KAI is one of the world’s foremost measures for problem-solving, teamwork and creativity. It has been in use for over 40 years, and is supported by a wide range of academic research from around the world.

KAI measures style of problem solving and creativity. It is available both online and as a paper form, and is used:

  • In the training of managers and key teams as part of the management of change
  • In group training and individual development as part of the management of diversity
  • For the enhancement of group cohesion and effectiveness
  • To improve leadership techniques
  • With problem-solving and team building

Typically, KAI Practitioners are HR managers, company directors, business consultants & trainers.

The Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory is also widely used by academics in the fields of business, psychology, sociology and education. KAI can only be used by Certificated Practitioners.

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We have benchmarked the Kirton Inventory against many other leading personality measures. These include MBTI, 16PF and NEO. Find out more about Myers-Briggs and MBTI here. You can read more about KAI Relationships and Norms in the Resources section of our site. This also contains many articles by leading academics and management consultants. These give concrete examples of using the Kirton Adaption innovation Inventory in practice. KAI is very beneficial in building teams and identifying cognitive style.

You can find many examples of how the Kirton Adaption Innovation Inventory can be used in specific industries. For example, among airline pilots or military personnel. You will find some fascinating articles detailing how the Inventory can be used in therapy, such as for vulnerable groups including teenagers.

Over the past 40 years, we have sent out more than a million Kirton Inventories to consultants around the world, This makes it one of the most robust psychometric instruments available.KAI Kirton Adaption Innovation Inventory

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Dr Michael Kirton, the founder of KAI, on 18th August 2020. He died peacefully, at the age of 94.

Despite poor health in recent years, he continued to take a keen interest in all matters relating to KAI, and was delighted with the transition of his work into the Collaborative Problem-Solving Institute at Virginia Tech. He will be sadly missed by everybody in the KAI community.