Edited by Marta Sinclair
Welcome to the first edition of the Handbook of Intuition Research. This is by no means an all-encompassing volume on the topic. Rather, it showcases new developments in this field of inquiry, contrasting streams of research embedded in various disciplines. It presents different, often conflicting views on what intuition is and how it works. The handbook offers a glimpse into what is currently happening in the field with the aim of cross-pollinating our knowledge so that intuition research can consolidate and progress to the next, truly multi-disciplinary level. The chapters are meticulously researched and provocative, which will hopefully stimulate our thinking about ‘what next’. The views of some authors are not compatible, but it is important to present them in a single volume in order to grasp fully the breadth and depth of intuition research. This is in accordance with consensus reached at the first Intuition Caucus at the Academy of Management meeting in 2009: we need to ‘respectfully disagree’ in order to expand our understanding beyond the confines of individual disciplines. The diversity of the presented research will help us appreciate the danger of new theory being developed on conclusions from conceptually incongruous findings. This not only questions rigorousness but, more importantly, it affects the validity of the proposed inferences. That may be why there is a proliferation of theoretical papers, followed by a relative paucity of empirical research, especially that carried out by researchers other than the originators of a particular theory. A collateral of this is the...