Untangling the intuition mess: Intuition as a construct in entrepreneurship research

J. Robert Mitchell, Paul N. Friga, Ronald K. Mitchell

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Abstract

Entrepreneurs often use intuition to explain their actions. But because entrepreneurial intuition is poorly defined in the research literature: the "intuitive" is confused with the "innate," what is systematic is overlooked, and unexplained variance in entrepreneurial behavior remains high. Herein we: (1) bound and define the construct of entrepreneurial intuition within the distinctive domain of entrepreneurship research; (2) apply a levels-of-consciousness logic and process dynamism approach to; (3) organize definitions, antecedents, and consequences; and (4) produce propositions that lead to a working definition of entrepreneurial intuition. Our analysis renders intuition more usable in entrepreneurship research, and more valuable in practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)653-679
Number of pages27
JournalEntrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
Volume29
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2005

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