Action Learning

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Wojciech W. Gasparski, David Botham
Transaction Publishers - Philosophy - 221 pages
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Comprises 13 contributions on praxiology, the study of working and doing from the point of view of effectiveness. The three components of praxiology are addressed: analysis of concepts involving purposive actions; critique of modes of action from the viewpoint of efficiency; and normative advisory aspects in recommendations for increasing human efficacy. Representative topics include critical systems heuristics, applications and case studies in learning by action, the relevance of action learning for business ethics, and the case of the Polish environmental movement. Intended for sociologists, philosophers, managers, and researchers of all disciplines. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
 

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Contents

Editorial
1
Introduction
5
The Elements of Action Learning
11
with the Annex by Reginald W Revans
13
A Short Review of Revans Work
33
Human Action and Learning
63
Action and Learning
65
How Rational Agents Use Salience
77
Learning by Action Applications Techniques and Case Studies
103
A Study in Praxiological Action
105
A Case Study and Model for Intervention and Change
129
Learning by Solving Ethical and Praxiological Dilemmas in Business
147
Modifying Group Architecture to Manage Conflict the Dance Card Technique a Novel Methodology for Managing Group Dynamics
167
Learning by Action The Case of the Polish Environmental Movement
191
The Intellectual Entrepreneur
203
Notes about the Authors
217

Praxiology Action Research and Critical Systems Heuristics
91

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