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Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization

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Packed full of practical, expert advice on how to navigate the murky waters of ethics, politics and management in your own organization, and multidisciplinary in its approach to action research, this book sets out a step-by-step template for researchers to follow and adapt.  

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.

PART ONE: FOUNDATIONS

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

Meta-learning

Quality and rigour in action research

Conclusions

Recommended reading

Exercise 1.1: Enacting the action research cycles

Knowing in Action

Knowing and learning

General empirical method

Authenticity

Action science and collaborative developmental inquiry as first-person practice

Second-person skills

Conclusions

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

Conclusions

Recommended reading

PART TWO: IMPLEMENTATION

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

Conclusions

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?

Conclusions

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

Conclusions

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

Conclusions

Recommended reading

Exercise 7.1 Understanding Your Organization

Exercise 7.2 Using Systems Thinking

PART THREE: ISSUES AND CHALLENGES IN RESEARCHING YOUR OWN ORGANIZATION

Researching Your Own Organization

Focus of the researcher and system

Quadrant 1

Quadrant 2

Quadrant 3

Quadrant 4

Action Research at Home

Conclusions

Recommended reading

Exercise 8.1 Assessing your research focus

Preunderstanding, Role Duality and Access

Preunderstanding

Role duality: Organizational and researcher roles

Access

Conclusions

Recommended reading

Exercise 9.1 Assessing Your Preunderstanding

Managing Ethics and Organizational Politics

Ethics

Politics

Integrating roles, politics and ethics

Conclusions

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

Dissemination

Publishing

Conclusions

Recommended reading

In Conclusion

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