Action Research and Organizational Development
Action Research and Organizational Development describes a process of change that encourages research and consulting skills. In this process, research data about an organization or culture is systematically collected to develop an understanding of the needs, issues and problems. The information provides the impetus for focusing the change and making discoveries. This work describes the characteristics of the action research process and the procedure for its implementation. This particular type of applied social research differs from other varieties in the immediacy of the researcher's involvement and collaboration in each stage of researching, focusing, and implementing. The work describes the continuous process of research and learning in relation to the researcher's long-term relationship with a problem or issue. This book is relevant for all those who share the goal of positive change within the organization.
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A DEFINITION OF ACTION RESEARCH
THE EARLY HISTORY OF ACTION RESEARCH
THE EMERGING ACTION SCIENCES
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Academy of Management action learning action research action science activities appropriate asked attitudes B. F. Skinner Bavelas behavior biases client commitment communication concepts construct content analysis creative D. T. Campbell decisions defined describe direction discovery effective employees encourage Eric Trist Evaluation example experience experimental feedback feelings field settings focus gathering goals Group Dynamics Human Relations ideas identify illustrate implementation important individuals initial interactions interest Intervention Theory involved issues Kurt Lewin Lewin methods observations occur open-ended interviews operational research operations opportunity organization organization's organizational development paradigm participant observer participants person perspective positive science practices problem-solving problems procedures Psychological qualitative questionnaire questions Racket Club records relationship relevant requires research process respond role scientific scientists skills Social Sciences specific stage statements strategies structure suggests summarize task Tavistock Institute theory types understanding unobtrusive measures validity variables York