Handbook of Intuition Research as Practice
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Handbook of Intuition Research as Practice

Edited by Marta Sinclair

How can intuition research inform practice? As the use of intuition in business has become more widely accepted, companies struggle to understand how to use this additional resource efficiently, while corporate trainers and university educators lack tools to develop it as a skill. This truly international Handbook provides relevant answers in a concise, digestible format using real-life examples and new research.
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Chapter 13: Japanese style of Genbaism: combining intuitive, logical, and holistic thinking through experience

Kazuhito Isomura and Akihiko Kobayashi

Abstract

The chapter examines how Japanese organizations understand, use, and develop thinking methods such as intuitive, logical, and holistic thinking. Japanese organizations emphasize the importance of experience at an operational workplace that is called Genba. The underlying philosophy, Genbaism, regards intuitive thinking as a method to create, verify, and improve a hypothesis on the basis of experience. Such hypothesis-based thinking integrates action, knowledge, and thinking into constantly improved daily routines, which is the basis of human resource development and is developed through experience. Intuitive thinking is combined with other thinking methods such as logical and holistic thinking that are learned systematically in the process of career development.

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