Action Research in Organisations

Author: Jean McNiff,Jack Whitehead

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134600569

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

View: 1195

The current orthodoxy is that 'knowledge' is the most powerful resource for organisational success. So how can managers develop the appropriate knowledge base to make their organisations grow? The answer lies in action research. Action research is increasingly perceived and used as a powerful methodology to promote professional awareness and development. However, there are very few texts that demonstrate how this can be utilised to promote management and organisational improvement or that emphasise the reflective nature of improving professionalism. Action Research in Organisations fills this gap. Aimed at both practising managers and university students alike, key features of this title include: * the location of management and organisational theory within a framework * examination of the principles and practice of action research * real-world examples and case studies of people attempting to improve their own situations through action research.

Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization

Author: David Coghlan

Publisher: SAGE Publications Limited

ISBN: 1526481715

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 441

Concise and unintimidating, the fifth edition of this bestselling book is the only pragmatic, quick-start guide to the main theories, issues, and approaches to insider action research. With an encouraging and approachable tone, David is the perfect mentor for anyone conducting action research in their own organization. Calming nerves at the same time as building confidence, he helps readers devise an appropriate research design that anticipates possible challenges and fits within the limits of their environments. A complete do-it-yourself toolkit for every step of the action research process, this edition is outfitted with: - Real-world student and professional case studies - Author video tips - Annotated templates - Progress checklists - Journal articles, weblinks, and other further reading. To the point without losing clarity or thoroughness, this book the hands-on manual for all the need-to-know facts about understanding and undertaking insider action research.

Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization

Author: David Coghlan,Teresa Brannick

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781412902472

Category: Social Science

Page: 157

View: 2792

This text provides a primer on action research, and how to use it to understand organizations. The author's unique resource addresses the potential pitfalls, the politics and ethics of researching your own organization.

Action Research and Organisation Theory

Author: Anne Marie Berg,Olav Eikeland

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9783631568880

Category: Social Science

Page: 190

View: 4236

This book discusses action research and organisation theory. Kurt Lewin said, -There is nothing as practical as a good theory-. But -good theory- is also developed from practice. By linking action research and mainstream thinking about organisations the contributors challenge and transcend the disparate positions and insufficiencies within both research communities. The texts cover fields or topics not usually addressed in industrial action research, such as gender, ethics, organisational rationalities, the question of self-reference, the discourses of management and leadership and the public-private dimension. What emerges as common recommendations from most of the chapters are more self-reflective, self-critical, and task-oriented research approaches with a clear space for deliberation in the application of knowledge. The contributors come from the Work Research Institute (WRI) in Oslo."

Promoting Health

The Primary Health Care Approach

Author: Lyn Talbot,Glenda Verrinder

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 0729579247

Category: Medical

Page: 320

View: 7952

The new edition will provide readily accessible material for public health educators and practitioners, in a number of professions, who are increasingly being required to address the challenges emerging from the inter-related impacts of the social and environmental factors impacting on health in an era of globalisation.

Participatory Research in Palliative Care

Actions and reflections

Author: Jo Hockley,Katherine Froggatt,Katharina Heimerl

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191651990

Category: Medical

Page: 208

View: 4040

Participatory research is a relatively new method of researching practice especially within palliative care. It differs from other methodologies in that there is an expectation of action within the research process. The values that underpin participatory research are collaboration, empowerment, and reflection. In the current climate of collaboration and working with people in healthcare, participatory research methods are gaining increasing interest when there is a desire to bring about change. Organisational change is becoming an important focus as we look at ways of not only reducing costs but at the same time improving quality of care. While palliative care puts the patient and family at the centre, Participatory Research in Palliative Care discusses a new research methodology that puts practitioners at the heart of the research process as collaborators who work together with researchers to resolve problems in practice. Divided into three sections, it provides theoretical groundings of action research, a greater focus on exemplars from studies within palliative care, and discusses prominent issues when using such a methodology. All three sections are illustrated by an action research study undertaken by the author within a palliative care setting. Participatory Research in Palliative Care is written by international, multi-disciplinary authors who explore a collaborative approach to embark on research. It will appeal to health and social care professionals, academics undertaking research within palliative care, and the management of organisations where people with end of life care needs are cared for, including long-term care homes.

Action Research in Workplace Innovation and Regional Development

Author: Werner Fricke,Peter Totterdill

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027217851

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 355

View: 2387

The past is an increasingly unreliable guide to the future. European workplaces and the regions in which they are located face unprecedented pressures and challenges. Whereas in recent decades incremental adaptation has largely been sufficient to cope with external change, it is no longer clear that this remains the case. Globalisation, technological development and dissemination, political volatility, patterns of consumption, and employee expectations are occurring at a rate which is hard to measure. The rate of change in these spheres is far outstripping the rate of organisational innovation in both European enterprises and public governance, leading to a serious mismatch between the challenges of the 21st Century and the organisational competence available to deal with them. In this context, there is no clear roadmap. The contributors to this volume address these issues and demonstrate that building the knowledge base required by actors in this volatile environment requires continuous dialogue and learning – a context in which social partners, regional policy makers and other participants share diverse knowledge and reflect on experience rather than seeking and imitating any notion of 'best practice'. Action Research has a crucial role to play, embedding shared learning within the process of innovation.

Knowledge and Power in Collaborative Research

A Reflexive Approach

Author: Louise Phillips,Marianne Kristiansen,Marja Vehviläinen,Ewa Gunnarsson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136186719

Category: Social Science

Page: 302

View: 8895

Collaborative research embraces a multiplicity of practices in which social actors are invited to participate in the research process as co-producers of knowledge. But what is actually meant by “co-production” in collaborative research? Knowledge and Power in Collaborative Research presents a range of critical, reflexive strategies for understanding and tackling the challenges emanating from the tensions that arise in the meeting between different participants, knowledge forms and knowledge interests. The chapters anchor discussion of ethical, epistemological and methodological questions in sustained empirical analyses of cases of collaborative knowledge production. The book covers diverse theoretical approaches such as dialogic communication theory, actor network theory, poststructuralist writing as inquiry, institutional ethnography, dialogic action research, and pragmatic action research. The empirical cases span a broad spectrum of empirical fields of social practice: health services, organisational change, research, science communication, environmental communication in intermediary NGOs, participatory governance in relation to urban planning, and digital communication and virtual worlds.

Studying the Organisation and Delivery of Health Services

Research Methods

Author: Pauline Allen,Nick Black,Aileen Clarke,Naomi Fulop,Stuart Anderson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134516630

Category: Medical

Page: 240

View: 2492

First Published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Research in Action

Theories and Practices for Innovation and Social Change

Author: Conny Almekinders,Lena Margaretha Beukema,Coyan Tromp

Publisher: Wageningen Academic Pub

ISBN: 9086860877

Category: Science

Page: 272

View: 497

Research in Action engages the researcher who wants to live up to the challenges of contemporary science and to contribute to innovation and social change. This ambition to contribute to change raises many questions. How to define the main target group of the research? What role does this group play in the research? Which methods of data collection are most appropriate? Who are the commissioners of the research and do their interests match with those of the prime target group? How to deal with power relations in research situations? What do these issues mean for the relation of researcher with the people in the researched situation? And, last but not least, what does it all imply for the researcher him- or herself? These questions have to be dealt with in situations in which the design and organization of the research is still open but also in situations where these have already been preformatted through the research proposal or earlier developments. In any case, they have to be framed in the theoretical considerations of what is science. This book aims to assist scholars and practitioners who would want to deal with this kind of research and questions. The book does not offer recipes, nor fixed scenarios. It presents a series of practical research cases and theoretical insights by experienced researchers who themselves struggled with what is probably the most meaningful questions of the science today. The practical examples of research in action are from different disciplines and include themes from health care, policy research, agricultural technology and education, in Northern and Southern context. Four leading themes of research in action are introduced in the first chapter. In the last chapter the editors return to the dilemmas research in action and try to clarify the options and responses that are possible in different situations.

Smallholder System Innovations in Integrated Watershed Management (SSI)

Strategies of Water for Food and Environmental Security in Drought-Prone Tropical and Subtropical Agro-Ecosystems

Author: Yogesh Bhatt,,Deborah Bossio,,Elin Enfors,Line Gordon,Victor Kongo,Job Rotich Kosgei,Hodson Makurira,Kenneth Masuki,Marloes Mul,Siza D. Tumbo

Publisher: IWMI

ISBN: 9290906340

Category: Water-supply

Page: 59

View: 3206

Rapidly increasing population in the dynamic semi-arid agro-ecosystems in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) highlights the necessity to increase food production, while at the same time safe-guarding other ecological systems that support human development and well-being. In the past, increases in crop production to keep pace with population growth in this region were largely achieved through the expansion of cultivated area. Today, we must also consider ways of improving the productivity of already existing cropping systems. elopment-oriented research and describes the integrated research approach of the SSI program, its interconnected research projects - their scope and methodologies

Developing User Involvement

Working Towards User-centred Practice in Voluntary Organisations

Author: Robson, Paul,Begum, Nasa,Michael Locke

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1861345372

Category: Political Science

Page: 29

View: 4627

The principle of service user involvement in decisions that affect them directly is now generally supported, but many voluntary organisations remain under scrutiny because of slow implementation. This report explores the processes of change in eleven voluntary organisations to draw out lessons relevant to the wider sector.

A Handbook for Action Research in Health and Social Care

Author: Carol Munn-Giddings,Richard Winter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134590695

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 304

View: 5297

Action research is a form of research closely linked to practice which can readily be undertaken by practitioners and service users. This handbook offers a comprehensive guide to action research as a strategy for inquiry and development in health and social care. It can be used by individuals or groups working independently on their own projects or as a basis for a tutor-led course. It features * an introduction to the theories behind action research and other forms of research related to it *lively case studies from social work, nursing, mental health care and community work * a step-by-step study guide. The theoretical section of the book provides a general definition of action research, compares action research with other forms of social research, outlines the nature of a 'culture of inquiry' in the workplace, and describes the links between action research and service-user research, management,community development, evaluation, reflective practice, feminist research and anti-racist research. This practical study guide covers issues such as preparing a proposal, ethics and principles of procedure, gathering and analysing data, writing a report, the links between action research and critical reflection. It will be particularly useful for groups wishing to undertake action research on an independent basis

Inside Organizations

Exploring Organizational Experiences

Author: David Coghlan

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473987504

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 120

View: 547

Moving away from the common/traditional focus on studying organizations from a distance, this highly engaging book introduces the idea of studying them from the inside. Inside Organizations: Exploring Organizational Experiences guides placement students, and any student undertaking part-time work in an organization, through 'insider inquiry', helping them to develop key reflexive and critical thinking skills for their future careers. . It encourages you to pay attention to what goes on in organizations, to question what you experience and ultimately to make sense of how organizations function. , helping you to develop key reflexive and critical thinking skills for your future careers. This book is ideal for students on programmes with a placement or internship element such as business and management, nursing and health, and education and is especially useful to those doing reflective journals and essays.

Organizational Change and Strategy

An Interlevel Dynamics Approach

Author: David Coghlan,Nicholas S Rashford

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134183305

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 8245

This cutting-edge text shows how large scale organizational change is in fact a complex iteration of individual, team, interdepartmental and organization processes whereby each continually and systematically influences the others (a topic often neglected by ODC and strategy books). Traditionally, strategy and organization development and change have occupied different worlds; one grounded in the economic and management sciences, the other in the applied behavioural sciences. In this enlightening text, Coghlan and Rashford abridge these two worlds using a framework of organizational levels. In this important text, the authors here clearly demonstrate how such processes are brought together in an interlevel approach. They focus on the involvement of such players as: individuals (CEO, senior managers and others) teams (senior management team, board, other teams) inter-departmental groups (inter-team) the organization (in its external relations). This interdepartmental aspect of most organizations is critical to developing and deploying strategic actions, yet is often never discussed. Exploring both the external and internal discontinuous nature of forces for change, this book guides the reader through the intricacies of this highly complex subject. Expertly combining theory with practice, it will be a valuable book for masters level and advanced undergraduate students, and for all those concerned with strategy and change.

Action Research in Nursing and Healthcare

Author: Graham Williamson,Loretta Bellman,Jonathan Webster

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1849200025

Category: Medical

Page: 247

View: 1262

Action Research is one of the most popular research strategies in nursing and healthcare. It is widely used by practitioners who want to better understand and undertake their work and students who need to do a research project for their course. AR is evidence-based and links directly to practice, making it the ideal method for a researcher in these fields. This book introduces readers to Action Research by presenting its key concepts and backing them up with practical examples throughout, often drawn from the authors’ own extensive experience. Williamson, Bellman, and Webster – leading figures in the field - provide practical advice for using Action Research in healthcare settings, with patients and alongside other practitioners.

Managing Organizations

Current Issues

Author: Stewart R Clegg,Cynthia Hardy,Walter R Nord

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761960461

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 268

View: 2267

In Managing Organizations Stewart Clegg, Cynthia Hardy and Walter Nord explore the major issues and debates in management and organization. The textbook addresses key topics such as leadership, decision-making and innovation in organizations alongside such themes as diversity, globalization and ecology. Students and teachers of management will find this a comprehensive and wide-ranging resource on the core issues for contemporary managers and organizations.

Organizations in Action

Competition between Contexts

Author: Peter Clark

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134674074

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

View: 2072

This original and ambitious work provides a fascinating examination of organizations from both a post-modern and new organizational economics perspective. Combining strategy, international business and organisational theory, it represents a ground-breaking critique of prevailing mainstream modernist theories of organization. Distinctive features include: * a comprehensive analysis of social and organizational theory * discussion and exploration of knowledge capitalism * a critique of core competencies and resource based approaches to strategy, human resource management and organizational behaviour. In an essential area of study for every business undergraduate and reflective manager, this outstanding book pulls together material which is currently scattered and poorly synthesised, and examines high-profile real-world business examples.

Work Process Knowledge

Author: Nicholas Boreham,Martin Fischer,Renan Samurçay

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134467281

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 8221

Work Process Knowledge brings together the findings of twenty-four leading researchers on new forms of work and the demands these place on workers' knowledge and skill. Their findings, based on a new set of investigations in a wide range of manufacturing and service industries, identify the kinds of knowledge required to work effectively in the post-Taylorist industrial organization. Raising fundamental issues for current industrial policy, science and technology policy, and ways of managing the post-Taylorist organization and developing human resources, this book will be of essential interest to academics and professionals working in the fields of management, human resource development, and workplace learning.