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 organizational success. So how can managers develop the appropriate knowledge base to make their organizations 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 organizational theory within a framework of strategic action research; examination of the principles and practice of action research; and 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
Management learning
16
Why am I writing this book and why are you reading 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
PARTIV
257
My epistemology of practice of the superintendency
274
How one school is fulfilling the vision of Peter Senges
285

Action research power and control
95
a story of intentional
115
PART II
125
Empirical research
142

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McNiff is at the Marion Institute of Education, Ireland.

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