Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization

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`A complete and well rounded approach to the subject' - Action Learning: Research and Practice

`This book, like the first edition, is indispensable reading for students however; the second edition will also be ably support established academics who may be seeking an entry-point for action research in their own organizations' - Ontario Action Research Network

Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization - Second Edition is an essential starting point for any student or researcher about to embark on an action research project in the fields of organization studies, health studies and education studies.

David Coghlan and Teresa Brannick offer an easy-to-follow, hands-on guide to every aspect of conducting an action research project in your own organization. Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization is the perfect book for doctoral/Ph.D., MA or MBA students seeking a research topic based around their own work experiences.

Revised and updated throughout, the Second Edition contains:

- No-nonsense guidance to the basics of doing action research projects

- Detailed coverage of both theory and methods in action research

- Up-to-date discussions of action learning and the role of the researcher

- A focus on the politics and ethics of action research

- Help for students and researchers in a wide range of different types of organization

- Exercises and help with writing-up your research

This book is essential reading for students and established academics alike seeking an entry-point to conducting research in their own organizations.

 

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Contents

Understanding Action Research
3
Research paradigms and action research
4
Foundations of action research
9
Experiential paradigms of action research
13
Conclusions
20
Enacting the Action Research Cycle
21
Main Steps Diagnosing
22
Meta learning
25
Exercise 62 Force field analysis
81
Framing and Selecting Your Project
82
Selecting the research project
88
Exercise 71 Questions for framing and selecting
89
IMPLEMENTATION
91
Implementing Your Action Research Project
93
Review and learning
97
Data generation as intervention
99

Quality and rigour in action research
27
Conclusions
30
Exercise 21 Enacting the action research cycles from Figure 21
31
Learning in Action
32
Experiential learning
33
Reflection
35
Developing reflective skills through journalling
37
Action research skills
39
Conclusions
40
Exercise 31 Keeping a journal
42
Exercise 32 Developing inquiry skills
43
ISSUES AND CHALLENGES IN RESEARCHING YOUR OWN ORGANIZATION
45
Researching Your Own Organization
47
Quadrant 1
49
Quadrant 2
50
Quadrant 3
52
Quadrant 4
56
Action research at home
58
Conclusions
59
Preunderstanding Role Duality and Access
61
organizational and researcher roles
64
Access
67
Conclusions
69
Managing Organizational Politics and Ethics
70
Ethics
77
Conclusions
79
The role of technology in the change process
102
How do you know when to stop?
103
Conclusions
104
Exercise 81 The process of implementation
106
Interlevel Dynamics in Action Research
108
Levels of analysis in action research
109
Interlevel dynamics in action research
112
Conclusions
114
Exercise 91 Applying interlevel dynamics
115
Mapping interlevel dynamics
116
Using Frameworks to Study Organizations in Action
117
Systems thinking and practice
118
Change and learning
120
Conclusions
122
Exercise 102 Using systems thinking
123
Writing Your Action Research Dissertation
124
Constructing and writing your dissertation
125
Dissemination
132
Conclusions
133
In Conclusion
134
References
137
Notes for Supervising Action Research
149
Name Index
151
Subject Index
155
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About the author (2005)

David Coghlan is Professor Emeritus and Fellow Emeritus at the Trinity Business School. University of Dublin, of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He specializes in organization development and action research and is active in both communities internationally. He has published over 160 articles and book chapters. His bestselling book, Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization (SAGE) has been through five editions, the most recent being published in April 2019. He is co-editor of the SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research (2014). Recent co-authored books include Collaborative Strategic Improvement through Network Action Learning (Edward Elgar, 2011) and Organizational Change and Strategy (2nd ed. Routledge, 2016). He is currently on the editorial boards of: Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Action Research, Action Learning: Research and Practice, Systemic Practice and Action Research, The OD Practitioner among others.

Teresa Brannick (1950-2012) was a lecturer in the business research programme at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business at University College, Dublin, Ireland. Her undergraduate degree was in mathematics, her masters in sociology and her Ph.D. in marketing research. She had been a practising researcher for over thirty years and had published over thirty research papers in such diverse fields as epidemiology, public policy, industrial relations and marketing. She was the editor-in-chief of Irish Journal of Management and a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Management. She was co-editor of Business Research Methods: Theories, Techniques and Sources (Oak Tree Press: Dublin, 1997).

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