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Intuition in managers: Are intuitive managers more effective?

Jon Aarum Andersen (Växjö University, Växjö, Sweden)

Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Article publication date: 1 February 2000



Do managers have the creative and innovative ability needed for their organisations to survive in an increasingly competitive environment? A study of 200 managers from eight companies gives an answer to this question. If intuition is an indication of creativity and innovation, we find that almost 25 per cent of all managers were primarily intuitive when solving problems and making decisions. The concept of intuition and other decision functions is based on Jung’s typology. Is intuition in managers an important asset to their organisations? An investigation of problem‐solving and decision‐making styles of 33 managers related to organisational effectiveness throws some light on this question. What is called the “creative‐innovative” decision‐making style was found in 23 per cent of the managers. This article suggests that intuition as decision‐making style appears to be related to organisational effectiveness. Several managers are intuitive. Whether the intuitive managers are more effective than others remains to be seen.



Aarum Andersen, J. (2000), "Intuition in managers: Are intuitive managers more effective?", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 15 No. 1, pp. 46-63.




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