—The study of managerial cognitions have intrigued
scholars of management for some time because of its potential
to peek into the hidden thought processes behind managerial
decision and sense-making. This paper introduces some of the
different cognitive approaches used within the management
research. The focus in this paper is two-fold. First, the literature
is reviewed to present the theoretical background of cognition
research within management literature. Second, a number of
different cognitive mapping methodologies are introduced as
ways to elicit managerial cognitions. The paper closes with
managerial implications and discussion on the use of cognitive
mapping methods in organizational setting.
—Cognition, cognitive mapping, decision, sense
Timo-Pekka Uotila is with the University of Vaasa, Finland (e-mail:
Cite: Timo-Pekka Uotila, "Eliciting Managerial Cognitions - The Role of Cognition in
Management Research," Journal of Economics, Business and Management vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 221-225, 2015.