Collaborative Research in Organizations: Foundations for Learning, Change, and Theoretical Development

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Niclas Adler, A. B. (Rami) Shani, Alexander Styhre
SAGE, 2004 - Business & Economics - 383 pages
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Collaborative Research in Organizations: Foundations for Learning, Change, and Theoretical Development leverages and sustains the role of management research while increasing the theoretical development of complex organizational and management issues. The true partnership ideal and emergent inquiry process make collaborative research complex and difficult to organize, lead, and manage. This book addresses these needs by revisiting traditional research ideals.

  

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Contents

FRAMING THE CHALLENGE
1
Researching Our Way to Economic Decline
23
Traveling in the Borderland of Academy and Industry
37
Strategic Intents
54
Academic Commentary on Part I
69
COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH
79
2 Comparative Investigation Using Habermass
94
Collaborative Research Through
101
1 Knowledge Creation Based on Visualization
204
User Involvement and Experimentation
215
The CuDIT StudyAn
224
Managing Organizational Creativity
237
Saving Projects in Crises
254
1 Cheetah Teams Versus Other
257
1 Concept and Knowledge
271
1 Evaluation Made by Group Members
276

The Dual Role of the Insider Action Researcher
117
1 A Summary of the Three Projects
127
1 Balancing Between an Integrated and
130
Jam Sessions for Collaborative Management Research
135
1 Characteristics of Three Group Techniques
145
Structural Learning Mechanisms
149
1 Project Initiation and Degree of Involvement
152
1 Abstract of Communication Forum Phases
155
Academic Commentary on Part II
167
Rethinking and Transforming
181
1 The Collaborative Reflective Inquiry
184
2 A Comparative Synopsis of the Three Perspectives
191
Knowledge Facilitation in Action
197
1 The Emerging KnowledgeFacilitating Initiative
202
The Collaborative Development of Leadersite
285
1 The Project With
287
3 The Smorgasbord of Activities
293
Product Innovation in a Solutions Business
300
1 Knowledge Created Within Telia Promotor
304
3 Knowledge Filters Observed in the Case
310
SelfDesigning a Performance Management System
313
1 The SelfDesign Strategy
318
1 Roles in SelfDesign of Performance Management
319
Academic Commentary on Part III
333
l A Comparative Synopsis of the Illustrations
345
Index
363
About the Contributors
377
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Niclas Adler, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden and, Director of the Fenix Program. He is a former Executive Director of the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship and board member in seven technology-based and venture capital companies. His most recent work has focused on business creation and renewal in established structures, alternative approaches in organizing complex product development and, action research methodologies in the pursuit of actionable knowledge creation. He is the author of numerous journal articles.

A.B. (Rami) Shani, Ph.D., Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Change at California Polytechnic University, USA, a Senior Research Fellow at the FENIX Centre and an Adjunct Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden. His most recent work has focused on the theoretical and application of collaborative research in organizations, creating sustainable work systems, creating the learning organization and, action research methodologies in the pursuit of actionable knowledge creation. He is the co-author or book co-editor of Collaborative Research in Organizations: Foundations for Learning (SAGE,2004) , Change and Theoretical Development; Learning by Design (Blackwell, 2003); Creating Sustainable work Systems: Emerging Perspectives and Practice (Routledge, 2003); Behavior in Organizations: An Experiential Approach, 8e (McGraw-Hill-Irwin, 2004); and Parallel Learning Structures: Creating Innovations in Bureaucracies (AW, 1990).

Alexander Styhre, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the Department of Project Management and Research Program Director at the Fenix Research Program, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. His research interest is focused on knowledge-intensive organizations and strategic human resource management practices. Styhre is widely published in refereed journals .

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