Doing Action Research in your own organization

David Coghlan - Teresa Brannick

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The Fourth Edition of this best-selling book is packed full of practical, expert advice on how to navigate the murky waters of ethics, politics and management in your own organization. Multidisciplinary in its approach to action research, the book sets out a step-by-step template for researchers to follow and adapt.
 9781446272572 /  Sage /  2014 /  4th editie /  206p. /  pb / 

Doing Action Research in your own organization

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The Fourth Edition of this best-selling book is packed full of practical, expert advice on how to navigate the murky waters of ethics, politics and management in your own organization. Multidisciplinary in its approach to action research, the book sets out a step-by-step template for researchers to follow and adapt.

Coghlan and Brannick: •Introduce and contextualize action research as a method

•Provide guidance on how to design and implement your action research project

•Explore interlevel dynamics

•Discuss role duality and access

•Suggest effective ways to analyze your data •Provide helpful tips on how to disseminate your findings.

The book and supporting companion website are the ideal resource for students, researchers and practitioners hoping to generate real change through their action research project and will be particularly relevant to those studying Business and Management, Nursing and Health, Education and Sociology.

Table of contents :

PART ONE: FOUNDATIONS -Introducing Action Research -Inquiring in your own organization -A brief introduction to action research -Three audiences/voices/practices -Enacting action research cycles -The action research cycles -Pre-step: context and purpose -Main steps -Meta-learning -Quality and rigour in action research -Conclusions -Recommended readings Exercise 1.1: Enacting the action research cycles -Knowing in Action -Knowing and learning -General empirical method -Authenticity -Action science, collaborative developmental inquiry as first person -practice -Developing fist person skills through journaling -Second-person skills -Conclusions -Recommended reading Exercise 2.1 First person learning in action Exercise 2.2 Keeping a journal Exercise 2.3 Developing inquiry skills -Understanding Action Research -Action Research as practical knowing -The foundations of action research -The philosophy of action research -Interiority -Modalities of action research -Organization development through action research -Conclusions -Recommended reading

PART TWO: IMPLEMENTATION -Constructing and Selecting Your Project -Constructing the action research project -Selecting the research project -Writing an insider action research proposal -Developing the action research -Conclusions -Recommended reading Exercise 4.1 Questions for framing and selecting Exercise 4.2 Writing a thesis proposal -Designing and Implementing Your Action Research Project -The process of planned change -Planned change through action research -Learning mechanisms -Data generation as intervention -The role of technology -How do you know when to stop? -Conclusions -Recommended reading Exercise 5.1 The process of implementation Exercise 5. 2 Reflection for praxis -Interlevel Dynamics in Action Research -Interlevel dynamics of change -Interlevel dynamics of strategy -Levels of analysis in action research -Conclusions -Recommended reading Exercise 6.1 Applying interlevel dynamics Exercise 6.2 Change issues Exercise 6.3 The learning window -Using Frameworks to Study Organizations in Action -Organizational diagnosis -Systems thinking and practice -Systems thinking and action research -Change and learning -Conclusions -Recommended reading Exercise 7.1 Diagnosing Your Organization Exercise 7.2 Using Systems Thinking

PART THREE: ISSUES AND CHALLENGES IN RESEARCHING YOUR OWN ORGANIZATION -Researching Your Own Organization -Focus of the researcher and system -Quadrant 1 -Quadrant 2 -Quadrant 3 -Quadrant 4 -Action Research at Home -Conclusions -Recommended reading Exercise 8.1 Assessing your research focus -Pre-Understanding, Role Duality and Access -Preunderstanding -Role duality: Organizational and researcher roles -Access -Conclusions -Recommended reading -Managing Ethics and Organizational Politics -Ethics -Insider action research and ethics -Politics -The politics of researching your own organization -Managing political relationships -Integrating roles, politics and ethics -Integrative case -Conclusion -Recommended reading Exercise 10.1 Assessing ethics and politics Exercise 10.2 Force field analysis -Writing up Your Insider Action Research Work -An action research dissertation -Constructing and writing a dissertation -Dissemination -Publishing -Conclusions -Recommended reading In Conclusion