Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization

Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization

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The Fourth Edition of this best-selling book is packed full of practical, expert advice on how to navigate the murky waters of ethics, politics and management in your own organization. Multidisciplinary in its approach to action research, the book sets out a step-by-step template for researchers to follow and adapt.

Coghlan and Brannick:

Introduce and contextualize action research as a method
Provide guidance on how to design and implement your action research project
Explore interlevel dynamics
Discuss role duality and access
Suggest effective ways to analyze your data
Provide helpful tips on how to disseminate your findings.

The book and supporting companion website are the ideal resource for students, researchers and practitioners hoping to generate real change through their action research project and will be particularly relevant to those studying Business and Management, Nursing and Health, Education and Sociology.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 168 x 238 x 16mm | 399.99g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • 1446272575
  • 9781446272572
  • 62,041

Table of contents

Introducing Action Research
Inquiring in your own organization
A brief introduction to action research
Three audiences, voices or practices
Enacting action research cycles
The action research cycles
Pre-step: context and purpose
Main steps
Quality and rigour in action research
Recommended reading
Exercise 1.1: Enacting the action research cycles
Knowing in Action
Knowing and learning
General empirical method
Action science and collaborative developmental inquiry as first-person practice
Second-person skills
Recommended reading
Exercise 2.1 First-person knowing in action
Exercise 2.2 Keeping a journal
Exercise 2.3 Developing inquiry skills
Understanding Action Research
Action Research as practical knowing
The foundations of action research
The philosophy of action research
Modalities of action research
Organization development through action research
Recommended reading
Constructing and Selecting Your Insider Project
Constructing the action research project
Selecting the research project
Writing an insider action research proposal
Developing the action research
Recommended reading
Exercise 4.1 Questions for constructing and selecting
Exercise 4.2 Writing a thesis proposal
Designing and Implementing Your Action Research Project
The process of planned change
Planned change through action research
Learning mechanisms
Data generation as intervention
The role of technology
How do you know when to stop?
Recommended reading
Exercise 5.1 The process of implementation
Exercise 5. 2 Reflection for praxis
Interlevel Dynamics in Insider Action Research
Interlevel dynamics of change
Interlevel dynamics of strategy
Levels of analysis in action research
Recommended reading
Exercise 6.1 Applying interlevel dynamics
Exercise 6.2 Change issues
Exercise 6.3 The learning window
Using Frameworks to Study Organizations in Action
Organizational diagnosis
Systems thinking and practice
Change and learning
Recommended reading
Exercise 7.1 Understanding Your Organization
Exercise 7.2 Using Systems Thinking
Researching Your Own Organization
Focus of the researcher and system
Quadrant 1
Quadrant 2
Quadrant 3
Quadrant 4
Action Research at Home
Recommended reading
Exercise 8.1 Assessing your research focus
Preunderstanding, Role Duality and Access
Role duality: Organizational and researcher roles
Recommended reading
Exercise 9.1 Assessing Your Preunderstanding
Managing Ethics and Organizational Politics
Integrating roles, politics and ethics
Recommended reading
Exercise 10.1 Assessing ethics and politics
Exercise 10.2 Force field analysis
Writing up Your Insider Action Research Work
An action research dissertation
Constructing and writing your dissertation
Recommended reading
In Conclusion
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A comprehensive, accessible and informative text, this is ideal for any undergraduate or postgraduate research student – it clearly guides the reader through theory, implementation & the operational challenges of undertaking action research within your own organisation
David Gaylard, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Chichester University 20140213
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The edition is an extremely valuable, authoritative and unique survey guide to insider action research. We could not have implemented our breakthrough curriculum in action research without the text. -- Benito L. Teehankee 'This fourth edition of Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization ismuch more than a research methodology textbook. It is a hybrid, combining theory with a practitioner's reference, to provide a window into understanding the complexity, challenges and rewards of insider action research (AR)....The book speaks to researchers, post-graduate students, faculty and experienced practitioners because it provides a sustained and penetrating commentary on many of the prevailing phenomena and theories in the field of action learning and action science.' -- Anne Graham Cagney * Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2015 * A comprehensive, accessible and informative text, this is ideal for any undergraduate or postgraduate research student - it clearly guides the reader through theory, implementation & the operational challenges of undertaking action research within your own organisation -- David Gaylard, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Chichester University
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About Teresa Brannick

David Coghlan is an action research scholar and an adjunct professor at the School of Business, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and a Fellow Emeritus of the college. He specializes in organization development and action research and is active in both communities internationally. He has published over 80 articles and book chapters. Recent co-authored books include Organizational Change and Strategy (2006) and Collaborative Strategic Improvement Through Network Action Learning (2011). He is the co-editor of the four-volume set Fundamentals of Organization Development (SAGE, 2010) and the proposed four-volume set Action Research in Business and Management (SAGE, 2015). He has recently published the fourth edition of his internationally popular Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization (SAGE, 2014). He is currently on the editorial boards of the following journals: Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Action Research, Action Learning: Research and Practice, Systemic Practice and Action Research, Journal of Management Education, Irish Journal of Management and The OD Practitioner, among others. Teresa Brannick (1950-2012) was a lecturer in the business research programme at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business at University College, Dublin, Ireland. Her undergraduate degree was in mathematics, her masters in sociology and her Ph.D. in marketing research. She had been a practising researcher for over thirty years and had published over thirty research papers in such diverse fields as epidemiology, public policy, industrial relations and marketing. She was the editor-in-chief of Irish Journal of Management and a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Management. She was co-editor of Business Research Methods: Theories, Techniques and Sources (Oak Tree Press: Dublin, 1997).
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