Quotation Kump, Barbara. 2022. No need to hide: Acknowledging the researcher’s intuition in empirical organizational research. Human Relations. 75 (4), 635-654.




Experts on organizational research methods have begun to highlight the importance of researchers’ intuition (i.e. ‘direct knowing’) and have called for more genuine method sections that acknowledge its use. However, using intuition contradicts established research standards of traceability. Hence, when intuition was involved in the research process, researchers must choose between reporting its role, thereby risking the impression of lacking scholarly rigor, and downplaying its role, thereby writing less-than-honest research reports. This article aims to provide a solution to this dilemma by conceptually exploring how intuition can be integrated in research such that scholarly rigor is maintained. Building on Weick’s distinction of creative imagination and validation, it argues that intuition can be legitimately seized if its functioning principles are taken into account and its outcomes are later validated through analytical procedures. The article synthesizes theoretical assumptions and empirical findings on characteristics of intuition with discussions of organizational research methods to derive implications on (1) points in the research process where researchers’ intuitions may be legitimately included and (2) possible types of intuitive outcomes that may be reported. This may contribute to both more genuine method sections and more rigorous research that systematically validates intuition, instead of hiding it.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Human Relations
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new MAN-A, STRAT-B, WH-A
Language English
Title No need to hide: Acknowledging the researcher’s intuition in empirical organizational research
Volume 75
Number 4
Year 2022
Page from 635
Page to 654
Reviewed? Y
URL https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0018726720984837
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0018726720984837
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0018726720984837


Kump, Barbara (Details)
Institute for Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1925 Knowledge management (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5517 Organisational psychology (Details)
5521 Cognitive psychology (Details)
5945 Organisational development (Details)
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