Researching Enterprise Development: Action Research on the Cooperation Between Management and Labour in Norway

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Morten Levin
John Benjamins Publishing, 2002 - Business & Economics - 266 pages
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Researching Enterprise Development is written by the key researchers of a large Norwegian Action Research program on enterprise development (Enterprise Development 2000). This book tells the stories of how the seven participating modules were developed, created and sustained as Action Research activities. Based on these stories, reflection on a broader analysis of core issues of the program are given on the following topics:
the processes within the program and changing models for leadership
how research groups become proficient as action researchers
local research as networking with the regional business community
enhancing the innovation capacity of participating companies
participation and democratic processes in enterprise development

The reflections and stories provide detailed accounts of how this Action Reseach program was developed and ample ideas on how Action Research modules can be implemented for other enterprise development projects.The book is preceded by Work Organisation and Europe as a Development Coalition (edited by Richard Ennals and Bjorn Gustavsen, 1999), and the results of the ED 2000 project are explained in Creating Connectedness (edited by Bjorn Gustavsen, Hakon Finne and Bo Oscarsson, 2001).
 

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Contents

Foreword
1
PART
11
Developing development organizations
29
Filling the knowledge gap
45
Enterprise development in Norwegian fishing industry
61
Fragile coalitions
77
Networking industrial development
93
The action learning processes of the Nordvest forum coalition
111
Integrating the disintegrated
129
PART II
147
Creating new research practices
165
Networking as an action research practice
185
A core issue of ED2000
207
Epilogue
239
About the authors
253
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