The inventory is based on Robert E. Quinn’s management role theory. This theory identifies eight distinct roles, each driven by conflicting values. A manager or a management team should be able to fulfill each of these roles in order to be effective.
The Quinn inventory offers insight into someone’s primary and secondary preferences for these management roles. It also becomes clear which roles are less suited to that person. Quinn argues that a person should be able to assume each of the eight roles in order to become an effective manager.
It is a particularly suitable instrument for formulating management development objectives. This can be done at an individual or collective level.