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Action Research in Business and Management

  • ID: 4031582
  • Book
  • Region: Global
  • 1672 pages
  • SAGE Publications Ltd
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For the first time, internationally-renowned scholars David Coghlan and Abraham B. Shani bring together the important articles and publications in action research in business and management since the 1950s. Action research is presented in terms of its historical and philosophical foundations and development, its implementation in different business settings and disciplines, and its contemporary and developmental opportunities.

Volume 1: Foundations of Action Research in Business and Management

Volume 2: Business Disciplines

Volume 3: Action Research in Diverse Industries

Volume 4: Contemporary and Emerging Issues
Designed to be a foundation resource for individual scholars and business schools, this collection provides academics in the field with a touchstone resource to help build their knowledge and understanding of the field.

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Introduction David Coghlan and Abraham B. (Rami) Shani

Part One: Foundations and Early Development of Action Research

The Solution of a Chronic Problem in Industry Kurt Lewin

Changing a Stereotype in Industry A.J. Marrow and J.R.P. French

Kurt Lewin, Action Research and Planned Change Ronald Lippitt

An Action Research Program for Organization Improvement H. Shepard and R.A. Katzell

Action Research in the Workplace: The Socio-Technical Perspective W.A. Pasmore

Part Two: Philosophies in Action Research

An Assessment of the Scientific Merits of Action Research G.L. Susman, G.I. and R.D. Evered

Action Research: Explaining the Diversity Catherine Cassell and Phil Johnson

Action Research: Exploring Perspectives on a Philosophy of Practical Knowing David Coghlan

Ideology and Political Economy in Inquiry: Action Research and Participative Research L. David Brown and Rajesh Tandon

Action Research: Its Nature and Validity Peter Checkland and Sue Holwell

Part Three:Methodological Issues

Organization Inquiry: Towards a New Model of the Action Research Process A.B. Shani and W.A. Pasmore

Clinical Inquiry/Research Edgar H. Schein

Double-Loop Learning, Teaching, and Research Chris Argyris

Toward a More Rigorous, Reflective, and Relevant Science of Collaborative Management Research William A. Pasmore, Richard W. Woodman and Aneika L. Simmons

Part Four: Practice Applications

Action Research for Management Research Colin Eden and Chris Huxham

Visionary Action Research: A Consultation Process Perspective Rami Shani and Gervase Bushe


Introduction: The Facets of Action Modalities in Business Disciplines Abraham B. (Rami) Shani and David Coghlan

Part One:Accounting

A Critical Review of Interventionist Research Vicki Baard

Part Two: E-Commerce

Action Research in Turbulent Environments: An Example in E-Commerce Prioritisation Elizabeth Daniel and Hugh Wilson

Part Three: Finance

Global Finance as an Action Research Domain: Testing the Boundaries Steve Waddell

Part Four: Customer Service

Action Research Reviewed: A Market-Oriented Approach David Ballantyne

Part Five: Manufacturing

An Action Research Program for Increasing Employee Involvement in Problem Solving W.A. Pasmore, and F. Friedlander

Defining the Path to Value Innovation Paul Coughlan and Mary Ann Fergus

Part Six: IS/IT

Innovation Information Systems Education I: Accelerated Systems Analysis and Design with Appreciative Inquiry – An Action Learning Approach Michel Avital

Power-based Arbitrary Decisional Actions in the Resolution of MIS Project Issues: A Project Manager's Action Research Perspective K. Gregory Jin

Part Seven: Lean Management

Exploring the Development of Competence in Lean Management through Action Learning Groups: A Study of the Introduction of Lean to a Facilities Management Function Paul Wyton and Robin Payne

Part Eight: Operation Management (POM) and Supply Chain Management

Action Research in Supply Chain Management – A Framework for Relevant and Rigorous Research Dag Näslund, Rahul Kale and Anthony Paulraj

Part Nine: Management

Strategic Management in Action J.E. Olsen and T. Haslett

Part Ten: Management and Consulting

Collaboration and the Production of Management Knowledge in Research, Consulting, and Management Practice Andreas Werr and Larry Greiner

Part Eleven: Marketing and e-Marketing

Towards Rigour in Action Research: A Case Study in Marketing Planning Hugh Wilson

Part Twelve: R&D and Innovation

The Next Generation of National R&D Programmes in Norway: Consequences for Action Research and Regional Development Jarle Moss Hildrun, Henrik Dons Finsrud and Pål Klethagen

Part Thirteen: Human Resource

Design Principles for Competen
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David Coghlan - Trinity College Dublin
Abraham B Shani - California Polytechnic State University
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