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It is important to examine why some innovations are successful, while others never become widely accepted. Five distinct innovation characteristics have been identified by Rogers to explain this mystery. These characteristics include observability, relative advantage, compatibility, trialability, and complexity and according to Rogers, account for 49 to 87 per cent of the adoption variation seen across all categories of adopters. These characteristics also provide a valuable evaluation list for technology project leaders to apply when first considering innovative changes.[1]

Innovation CharacteristicsEdit


The degree to which the results of an innovation are visible to potential adopters.[2]


The degree to which the innovation is perceived to be consistent with socio-cultural values, previous ideas, and/or perceived needs.[3]


The degree to which the innovation can be experienced on a limited basis.[4]


The degree to which an innovation is difficult to use or understand, its simplicity.[5]

References Edit

  1. Taken from: Kaminski, J. (Spring 2011).Diffusion of Innovation Theory Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics, 6(2). Theory in Nursing Informatics Column.
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Related Pages Edit

Diffusion of Innovation Theory

DOI Theory: Strategies and Best Practices

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