Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization
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David Coghlan
SAGE Publications Ltd
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PART ONE: FOUNDATIONSIntroducing 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 Meta-learning Quality and rigour in action research Conclusions Recommended reading Exercise 1.1: Enacting the action research cyclesKnowing in Action Knowing and learning General empirical method Authenticity Action science and collaborative developmental inquiry as first-person practice Second-person skills Conclusions Recommended reading Exercise 2.1 First-person knowing in action Exercise 2.2 Keeping a journal Exercise 2.3 Developing inquiry skillsUnderstanding 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 Conclusions Recommended readingPART TWO: IMPLEMENTATIONConstructing and Selecting Your Insider 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 constructing and selecting Exercise 4.2 Writing a thesis proposalDesigning 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 praxisInterlevel Dynamics in Insider 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 windowUsing Frameworks to Study Organizations in Action Organizational diagnosis Systems thinking and practice Change and learning Conclusions Recommended reading Exercise 7.1 Understanding Your Organization Exercise 7.2 Using Systems ThinkingPART THREE: ISSUES AND CHALLENGES IN RESEARCHING YOUR OWN ORGANIZATIONResearching 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 focusPreunderstanding, Role Duality and Access Preunderstanding Role duality: Organizational and researcher roles Access Conclusions Recommended reading Exercise 9.1 Assessing Your PreunderstandingManaging Ethics and Organizational Politics Ethics Politics Integrating roles, politics and ethics Conclusions Recommended reading Exercise 10.1 Assessing ethics and politics Exercise 10.2 Force field analysisWriting up Your Insider Action Research Work An action research dissertation Constructing and writing your dissertation Dissemination Publishing Conclusions Recommended readingIn Conclusion
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.Available with Perusallan eBook that makes it easier to prepare for classPerusall is an award-winning eBook platform featuring social annotation tools that allow students and instructors to collaboratively mark up and discuss their SAGE textbook. Backed by research and supported by technological innovations developed at Harvard University, this process of learning through collaborative annotation keeps your students engaged and makes teaching easier and more effective. Learn more.

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