Beyond Theory: Changing Organizations Through Participation

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Stephen Toulmin, Stephen Edelston Toulmin, Björn Gustavsen
John Benjamins Publishing, 1996 - Business & Economics - 233 pages
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Action Research is one of the most practical and down-to-earth ways of doing research into working life. Beyond Theory draws on examples and actual cases to discuss action research within the framework of the modern, and postmodern, theory of science debate. While action research has been much criticized by the traditionalists, the book reflects a convergence between action research and positions emerging out of the critique of scientific traditionalism. Discussions between these two fields of knowledge, originally so very different, can enrich both. The book will be useful not only to researchers and academics but to anyone who is interested in the role and use of knowledge in social and organizational development.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
An uneasy relationship
5
Two examples
31
Chapter 3 Creating Reflective Dialogue
41
Chapter 4 Workplace Development Gender and Communicative Competence
53
The start of a process of managerial organizational and institutional change
67
Chapter 6 Action Research and Regional Development
83
Experiences from the Karlstad program
89
An action research experiment in Turkey
119
On the demand for scientific reports of action research
137
Chapter 10 Pragmatizing Communicative Reason
159
Chapter 11 Reflections on the Epigenetic Significance of Action Research
179
Élitism and democracy among the sciences
203
About the authors
227
Index
231
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About the author (1996)

Stephen Toulmin was University Professor Emeritus and Henry R. Luce Professor at University of Southern California, and author of, among other books, "Cosmopolis" and "The Uses of Argument".

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