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A place for intelligence studies as a scientific discipline
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Centre for International Marketing and Entrepreneurship Research (CIMER).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2427-3148
2015 (English)In: Journal of Intelligence Studies in Business, ISSN 2001-015X, Vol. 5, no 3, 35-46 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Is the field of Competitive Intelligence (CI) or Intelligence Studies (IS) a proper scientific field of study? The empirical investigation found that academics and professionals within CI and IS could not agree upon what dimensions, topics or content are handled by their own area of interest that is not covered by other areas of study. In fact, most topics listed as special for CI and IS are covered by other established scientific journals. Most topics are covered by other disciplines. The data also showed that the same group could not list any analysis that is not used by other areas of study. It shows that a majority of the analyses the respondents think are unique to their study come from the area of strategy and military intelligence. However, this does not mean that CI and IS do not have their own place or niche as a study and discipline. It is suggested here, but further investigation is encouraged, that CI and IS bring a number of unique dimensions to the social sciences.

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Halmstad: Halmstad University , 2015. Vol. 5, no 3, 35-46 p.
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competitive intelligence, intelligence studies, science
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-30679ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84957045330OAI: diva2:916635
Available from: 2016-04-04 Created: 2016-04-04 Last updated: 2016-04-06Bibliographically approved

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