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Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization [Kindle Edition]

Professor David Coghlan , Dr Teresa Brannick
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This book is the essential resource for any researcher embarking on an action research project in their own organization, and all students of organization studies, education, health studies, and community studies. In this brand new edition of the popular work, David Coghlan and Teresa Brannick provide an easy-to-follow, hands-on guide to every aspect of conducting an action research project in your own organization.

Revised and updated, this Third Edition contains:

  • An expanded discussion on politics and ethics of insider action research
  • An expanded chapter on writing an action research dissertation and an action research report
  • More case examples and reflective exercises taken from a wide variety of organizational settings


 


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'The suggested frameworks for thinking about how cycles of action research might fit within ongoing professional commitments and practice are properly general and thought provoking...The final chapters considering the impact of being an action researcher and discussing the management of organisational politics are extremely interesting' -
Learning and Teaching Update


[This new edition] provides a valuable foundation for new researchers in the field' -
International Journal of Action Research


'The third edition offers both perceptive advice and support for those considering undertaking action research in their own organization.'
Mark N. K Saunders
Action Learning: Research and Practice

About the Author

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).


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 853 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Third Edition edition (30 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KZXPC6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful book for the 'hard-pressed' researcher. 26 Mar. 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is good for students as an introduction to all aspects of action research methodology or as a refresher for people returning to study on Degree, Masters and Doctorate courses. It is easy to read and for those students stretched for time, gives a good overview of action research.
The book is divided into two parts, the first covers the basics of action research and focuses the reader on the terms used, the action research cycle, the role of the 'insider' action researcher and the complexities of undertaking action research within your own organisation.
The second part looks at the implementation of the action research project. This deals with issues that may arise and the importance of managing internal politics. This section gives an outline of the implementation process and covers the ethics and politics of action research. It also looks at the strengths and weaknesses of such research.
At the end of many chapters there are useful exercises, which summarises through helpful questions, what needs to be addressed before and during each stage of the action research project, including writing-up the research.
Conclusion - A useful book for the 'hard-pressed' researcher.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Practical 6 Mar. 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is one of the recommended reading list on a master's course I'm doing. Normally I would have just borrowed it and taken some notes. But I found the author's approach so useful and inspiring that I went and bought the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 19 Nov. 2010
By JS
Format:Paperback
This has proved to be a tremendously useful book. Drawing on theories from the original work of Lewin and many other action research proponents such as Schein, Reason, Schon, Argyris, McNiff and Gummesson, this book captures and syntheses the many different perspectives and frameworks involved on the topic. This has generated greater insights for me at a time when I am deeply involved in my own action research project. Also has some very useful tips on how to write an action research thesis. Highly recommended
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and useful 29 Aug. 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Although there are many books about doing action research, there is still need for literature that can explain the method in a simple and useful manner. Coghlan and Brannick make a good effort in this direction, but still there is too much mumble-jumble for engineering students to understand what makes action research different from the very unscientific and unresearch-like process of writing a diary. Of course, explaining social change may require unfalisifiable theory like Lewin's 'force field analysis' or Senge's 'systems thinking', but why conventional hypothesis testing of parameters before and after treatment is not mentioned, like the standard way medical researchers do when developing new treatments, is something of a mystery. Although this book is useful for letting those of us with a conventional understanding of science get a glimpse of what the action researchers are trying to, it still sounds suspiciously like black magic.
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