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Making sense of a most popular metaphor in management: towards a hedgefox scale for cognitive styles

  • Research on cognitive style has gathered momentum over the past 40 years, especially with respect to learning, problem-solving, and decision-making. This iestigation adapts Tetlock’s hedgehog–fox scale for German-speaking respondents through three large-scale studies (n = 17,072) and examines the influence of cognitive style on employees’ public value assessments of their employing organizations. Our data led us to propose a revised and more economical HedgeFox Scale. In contrast with Tetlock’s findings, our results provide empirical and theoretical arguments for a two-factor structure. This shift in dimensionality affects the nature of the construct and aligns hedgehog–fox research with the latest developments in cognitive style research. Our results contribute to the ongoing interest in the dimensionality of cognitive styles and support the call for a more diverse picture. Finally, we provide recommendations for individuals and organizations.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Timo MeynhardtORCiD, Stefan Anderer
Chairs and Professorships:Chair of Business Psychology and Leadership
Center:Center for Advanced Studies in Management (CASiM)
Year of Completion:2017
In: Administrative Sciences, 7 (2017) 3, 33 DOI 10.3390/admsci7030033