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Handbook of Research Methods on Intuition

Handbook of Research Methods on Intuition

Handbooks of Research Methods in Management series

Edited by Marta Sinclair

How does one go about studying intuition – a complex, cross-disciplinary field, which is still developing? How can intuition be captured in situ? How can a researcher harness their own intuition? This book uses method-related themes to help answer these questions and explore innovative developments in intuition research.

Chapter 15: Mapping group intuitions

Marta Sinclair and Alysia Hamilton

Subjects: business and management, organisational behaviour, research methods in business and management


There has not been much research done to capture group intuitions. Due to the intangible nature of the construct, it is challenging enough to isolate it individually. Nevertheless, there have been a few attempts to explain intuition as a group phenomenon drawing on quantum physics principles. On the theoretical front, Bradley (2011: 209) postulates that when members of a group are emotionally ‘entrained’ (resonate at a compatible frequency), they generate collectively a coherent energy field ‘through which tacit nonlocal information (can be) accessed.’ When such a congruent field is created, it is plausible that frequentially attuned individuals could through their entrainment access intuitively information about each other. Mind-to-mind interactions have indeed been documented in a number of experiments where thought impressions were successfully transmitted (see Radin, 2011: 184–186 for an overview). This offers a possible explanation for the dynamic of interpersonal intuition (Sinclair, 2011; Vaughan, 1979), which is transmitted non-locally, i.e., outside the physical and mental boundaries of an individual, but is usually limited to an exchange between two persons. Collective and group intuitions, although they likely utilize the same non-local transmission mechanism, are different. They presume that the information is accessed by multiple individuals. Here we would like to draw a distinction between both terms that tend to be used in the literature synonymously.

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