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Collective Intuition: Implications for Improved Decision Making and Organizational Learning

Akinci, C and Sadler-Smith, Eugene (2018) Collective Intuition: Implications for Improved Decision Making and Organizational Learning British Journal of Management, 30 (3). pp. 558-577.

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This article establishes the foundation for research on collective intuition through a study of decision making and organizational learning processes in police senior management teams. We conceptualize collective intuition as independently formed judgement based on domain-specific knowledge, experience and cognitive ability, shared and interpreted collectively. We contribute to intuition research, which has tended to focus its attention at the individual level, by studying intuition collectively in team settings. From a dual-process perspective, we investigate how expert intuition and deliberation affect decision making and learning at various levels of the organization. Furthermore, we contribute to organizational learning research by offering an empirically derived elaboration of the foundational 4I framework, identifying additional ‘feed-forward’ and ‘feedback’ loop processes, and thereby providing a more complete account of this organizational learning model. Bridging a variety of relevant but previously unconnected literatures via our focal concept of collective intuition, our research provides a foundation for future studies of this vitally important but under-researched organizational phenomenon. We offer theoretical and practical implications whereby expert intuitions can be developed and leveraged collectively as valuable sources of organizational knowledge and learning, and contribute to improved decision making in organizations.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
Akinci, C
Date : 3 January 2018
DOI : 10.1111/1467-8551.12269
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018 British Academy of Management. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Akinci, C. and Sadler-Smith, E. (2018), Collective Intuition: Implications for Improved Decision Making and Organizational Learning. Brit J Manage. doi:10.1111/1467-8551.12269, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 01 Feb 2018 11:47
Last Modified : 04 Jan 2020 02:08

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