Action Research in Organisations

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Business & Economics - 331 pages
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The current orthodoxy is that 'knowledge' is the most powerful resource for organisational success. So how can managers develop the appropriate knowledge base to make their organisations grow? The answer lies in action research. Action research is increasingly perceived and used as a powerful methodology to promote professional awareness and development. However, there are very few texts that demonstrate how this can be utilised to promote management and organisational improvement or that emphasise the reflective nature of improving professionalism. Action Research in Organisations fills this gap. Aimed at both practising managers and university students alike, key features of this title include:
* the location of management and organisational theory within a framework * examination of the principles and practice of action research
* real-world examples and case studies of people attempting to improve their own situations through action research.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
New theories of discourse
9
Manngemeat learning
16
Why am I writing this book and why are you rending it?
22
PARTI
33
Learning about learning
60
Learning organisations as good societies
67
Journeyman
89
Rehabilitating sexual offenders in religious communities
154
Interpretive research
160
Understanding my work as a group leader in employment
173
Courage to risk courage to be free
192
PART III
219
New theories of organisation
242
PART IV
257
My epistemology of practice of the superintendenty
274

Action research power and control
95
a story of intentional
115
PART II
125
Empirical research
142
How one school is fulfilling the vision of Peter Senges
285
Refereaces
302
Index
323
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About the author (2000)

Jean McNiff is Professor of Educational Research at York St John University, UK. She is also a Visiting Professor at UiT the Arctic University of Norway, and at the Beijing Normal University and Ningxia Teachers University, People s Republic of China.

Jean took early retirement from her position as deputy head teacher of a large secondary school in Dorset, UK. She went into business for herself, and developed her writing. Her textbooks on action research and professional education are now used internationally on workplace-based professional education courses and on higher degree courses. Jean provides interdisciplinary consultancy work to institutions around the world where she gives lectures and conducts workshops on planning, doing and writing action research.

Jean aims to contribute to personal and social betterment through educational research. She encourages everyone to make their stories public in the form of their personal and collaborative theories of practice; and she firmly believes that each individual is able to contribute to social and planetary wellbeing by explaining how they hold themselves accountable for what they do. In this way she links education with moral accountability. She tries to bring the university to everyday contexts, and everyday contexts into the university, for it is only by involving everyone, she feels, that the world will become a better place for us all.

Visit Jean at www.jeanmcniff.com, or contact her at jeanmcniff@mac.com