Intuition in Management Research: A Historical Review

  • Akinci C
  • Sadler-Smith E
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Abstract

In this historical review we chart the progress of intuition research over the past eight decades. We highlight the distinction between intuition research in management and intuition research in base disciplines and related fields, and offer a critical commentary on the ways in which the dynamic between these two historical threads has affected progress in the study of intuition in organizations. We conclude by identifying several promising new directions for intuition research, and offer a number of recommendations to intuition researchers in management which may help in taking this topic forward in ways that do not recapitulate previous errors, diversions or digressions.

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Authors

  • Cinla Akinci

  • Eugene Sadler-Smith

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