Eureka moments in research: Exploring abductive processes using four case examples
Faculty of Business and Law
School of Management / Centre for Innovative Practice
Abduction plays an important but often unacknowledged role in research - this regrettably leaving a large part of the research process hidden and unexamined (Levin-Rozalis 2000), particularly important innovative or creative components. This paper, firstly, introduces abduction and discusses some important concepts related to abduction and innovation. Secondly, it presents author's own re-descriptions of previous research work. This new description seeks to describe perceived key "Eureka" moments in the research and thus make the creative components and abductive elements more visible. The paper demonstrates that much can be gained from opening a reflective space for the role of abduction in the research process. Philip Dobson, Denise Gengatharen, Richard Fulford, Lllandis Barratt-Pugh, Susanne Bahn, Anne-Claire Larsen
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