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Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization 4ed

by David Coghlan and Teresa Brannick SAGE Publications Ltd
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Clear, pragmatic and thought-provoking Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization 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 contextualise action research as an approach Explore the challenges of doing action research in your own organization Provide guidance on how to design and implement your insider action research project Show how to lead change in your own organization Demonstrate how your own learning develops through the project Provide helpful tips on how to disseminate your work The book and its supporting 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

Introducing Action Research
Inquiring in your own organization
A brief introduction to action research
Three audiences, voices or practices
Enacting action research cycles
The action research cycles
Pre-step: context and purpose
Main steps
Quality and rigour in action research
Recommended reading
Exercise 1.1: Enacting the action research cycles
Knowing in Action
Knowing and learning
General empirical method
Action science and collaborative developmental inquiry as first-person practice
Second-person skills
Recommended reading
Exercise 2.1 First-person knowing 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
Modalities of action research
Organization development through action research
Recommended reading
Constructing and Selecting Your Insider Project
Constructing the action research project
Selecting the research project
Writing an insider action research proposal
Developing the action research
Recommended reading
Exercise 4.1 Questions for constructing 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?
Recommended reading
Exercise 5.1 The process of implementation
Exercise 5. 2 Reflection for praxis
Interlevel Dynamics in Insider Action Research
Interlevel dynamics of change
Interlevel dynamics of strategy
Levels of analysis in action research
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
Change and learning
Recommended reading
Exercise 7.1 Understanding Your Organization
Exercise 7.2 Using Systems Thinking
Researching Your Own Organization
Focus of the researcher and system
Quadrant 1
Quadrant 2
Quadrant 3
Quadrant 4
Action Research at Home
Recommended reading
Exercise 8.1 Assessing your research focus
Preunderstanding, Role Duality and Access
Role duality: Organizational and researcher roles
Recommended reading
Exercise 9.1 Assessing Your Preunderstanding
Managing Ethics and Organizational Politics
Integrating roles, politics and ethics
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 your dissertation
Recommended reading
In Conclusion

The edition is an extremely valuable, authoritative and unique survey guide to insider action research.  We could not have implemented our breakthrough curriculum in action research without the text.

David Coghlan is Professor of Organization Development at the School of Business, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and is a Fellow of the College. He specializes organization development and action research and participates actively in the both communities internationally. He has published over 80 articles and book chapters. Recent co-authored books include: Collaborative Strategic Improvement through Network Action Learning (Edward Elgar, 2011), Organization Change and Strategy (Routledge, 2006), and co-editor of Managers Learning in Action, (Routledge, 2004). He is co-editor (with Mary Brydon-Miller) of the Encyclopedia of Action Research and of the 4 volume set, Fundamentals of Organization Development (Sage, 2010). He is a member of the editorial advisory board of several journals, including Action Research, The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Action Learning: Research and Practice, Systemic Practice and Action Research and OD Practitioner. He is currently co-editing (with Rami Shani) a 4 volume set, Action Research in Business andManagement (Sage, 2015). 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).