Action Learning in Practice

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Mike Pedler
Gower Publishing, Ltd., 1997 - Business & Economics - 403 pages
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Action Learning (AL) and related management development methods are a growth area. This revised edition studies the theory, practice, and implementation of AL. Divided into sections, each part deals with AL from a different viewpoint; experienced practitioners present their views on the nature of AL, and eight case studies drawn from a variety of organizations around the world explore their experiences with the programme and the improvements in effectivenesss of their people and organization. Key aspects of designing and running an AL programme are explored, and ways of evaluating the AL approach are described.
 

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Contents

Introduction to Part I
3
The Power of Action Learning
15
Managing as Moral Art
31
The Enterprise as a Learning System
41
Minding our Ps and Qs
49
What do We Mean by Action Learning?
61
A Biography of Action Learning
77
Applications
91
Questions of Practice
195
The Role of the Set Adviser
209
The shell of Your understanding
221
The Learning Process
229
More than just Process
243
US Human Resource Professionals and Action
257
Continuity in Action Learning
269
Participating in Action Learning
279

Industrial Restructuring in the Czech Republic
107
An Incompany programme
117
Action Learning at Digital Equipment
129
Selfimprovement in Chinese Joint Venture
139
Action Learning in an Academic Context
145
Doctors as Managers
173
Network Learning in an Austrian Hospital
185
Evaluating Action Learning
291
Participants Voices
293
More Than Just a Task Force
329
Evaluating Action Learning
347
A Review of the Literature
373
Sources of Further Information
393
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About the author (1997)

Mike Pedler is Emeritus Professor of Action Learning at Henley Business School, University of Reading and a partner in the Centre for Action Learning Facilitation. He has written and edited many books on self-development, action learning and the learning organisation.

Christine Abbott is a partner in the Centre for Action Learning Facilitation. She is an associate of the Open University and Leeds Metropolitan University. A Trustee of the ILM, she was instrumental in writing the qualification standards for action learning.

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