3.3. ODD CHARACTERISTICS OF INVENTORS AND INNOVATORS

Rosovsky (1987) raised the question, Is there any substance to the theory that a significant proportion of scholars possess difficult and childish personalities—that is, the Amadeus problem? While it is not prudent to generalize on personality traits, many R&D managers would agree with this assertion. In the film Amadeus, Mozart was characterized as infantile and fundamentally boorish. While his behavior was atrocious, his musical gifts were divine. A manager may have to deal with the Amadeus problem or complex when a researcher displays exceptional scientific talent but is a difficult, inconsiderate, and unpleasant person to work with.

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