Closed-Circuit Thinking is a result of the interplay between perceived personal vulnerability and how individuals understand and accept truth. Here we explore the implications for managers and the rest of us.
Motivated Reasoning is the tendency to develop elaborate rationalizations in support of a given point of view, and then seek out sources to support that point of view while ignoring contrary evidence. Relying on single studies is a poor basis for arriving at conclusions and making important decisions. Look for systematic literature reviews and consensus panels.
In the Rules of Entrepreneurship six themes consistently ran through the narratives of the participants. Digging deeper into each theme provided a wealth of wisdom about the experience of succeeding through risk-taking and ownership of results.
Pinchot and Pinchot coined the term intrapreneur to describe someone working with an entrepreneurial attitude in a corporate environment. We organized a formal study of Intrapreneurship looking at organizations that had successfully managed to implement it. The findings were both surprising and encouraging.
The research methodology of Grounded Theory gets its power from approaching problems without hypotheses and building theories from the ground up. Taking the time to discover changes in context promises a big payoff in success, efficiency, and cost.