Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization / Edition 3

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Overview

This book is an excellent primer on action research and how to use it to understand organizations.

Clearly structured in two parts, part 1 covers the foundations of action research, including the research skills needed to undertake research, while part 2 covers the implementation of an action research project.

This book provides a unique resource for those undertaking action research in their own organization. It addresses the advantages and potential pitfalls, the politics and ethics of researching your organization.

The authors provide invaluable practical advice from framing and selecting your project, through to implementation and writing up action research.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'The suggested frameworks for thinking about how cycles of action research might fit within ongoing professional commitments and practice are properly general and thought provoking...The final chapters considering the impact of being an action researcher and discussing the management of organisational politics are extremely interesting' -
 Learning and Teaching Update 

[This new edition] provides a valuable foundation for new researchers in the field' -
International Journal of Action Research

'The third edition offers both perceptive advice and support for those considering undertaking action research in their own organization.'
Mark N. K Saunders
Action Learning: Research and Practice

David Gaylard
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848602168
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/30/2009
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 170
  • Sales rank: 633,160
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David Coghlan is Professor of Organization Development at the School of Business, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and is a Fellow of the College. He specializes organization development and action research and participates actively in the both communities internationally. He has published over 80 articles and book chapters. Recent co-authored books include: Collaborative Strategic Improvement through Network Action Learning (Edward Elgar, 2011), Organization Change and Strategy (Routledge, 2006), and co-editor of Managers Learning in Action, (Routledge, 2004). He is co-editor (with Mary Brydon-Miller) of the Encyclopedia of Action Research and of the 4 volume set, Fundamentals of Organization Development (Sage, 2010). He is a member of the editorial advisory board of several journals, including Action Research, The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Action Learning: Research and Practice, Systemic Practice and Action Research and OD Practitioner. He is currently co-editing (with Rami Shani) a 4 volume set, Action Research in Business and Management (Sage, 2015).

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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Table of Contents

1 Understanding action research 3
2 Enacting the action research cycle 21
3 Learning in action 32
4 Researching your own organization 47
5 Preunderstanding, role duality and access 61
6 Managing organizational politics and ethics 70
7 Framing and selecting your project 82
8 Implementing your action research project 93
9 Interleval dynamics in action research 108
10 Using frameworks to study organizations in action 117
11 Writing your action research dissertation 124
App Notes for supervising action research 149
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