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Action Research for Business, Nonprofit, and Public Administration

Action Research for Business, Nonprofit, and Public Administration
A Tool for Complex Times

October 2011 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Covering the background, process, and tools needed to undertake and successfully initiate, plan, and complete a participatory action research project within business, nonprofit, and public administration organizations, the book is designed with the business student and professional in mind. It includes features such as diagrams of the PAR process, reflective questions, chapter conclusions, and tables and other visual graphics.
Chapter 1: Introducing the Three Steps of Action Research: A Tool for Complex Times and Situations
Chapter 2: The Proposal and Ethics
Chapter 3: What to Do and How to Do It...
Chapter 4: Methods and Measurement
Chapter 5: Working With People and Groups
Chapter 6: Networks and How to Employ Them for Change
Chapter 7: Analyzing and Reporting Results
Chapter 8: Final Touches and Emancipatory Potential
Appendix A: Action Research Proposal Outline
Appendix B: Example of Student Answers to Proposal Questions
Appendix C: Student Proposal
Appendix D: Action Research Weekly Report
Appendix E: Table for Measurable Actions
Appendix F: Year-Long Guide for Networked Action Research
Appendix G: Model Informed Consent

This book bridges the gap between theory and applied action research offering concrete tools that should be invaluable for anyone who wants to practice action research.

Joanne C. Preston
Colorado Technical University

Adopted Intro to Nonprofit Mangement

Dr Michele Kegley
Business & Economics, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash
January 15, 2014

for business, not sociology

Dr Joseph Kotarba
sociology, Texas State University - San Marcos
September 26, 2013

approachable for undergraduate students; excellent process support materials

Dr Elisebeth VanderWeil
School of Leadership and Professional Development, Mountain State University
February 7, 2012

Emily Alana James

Dr. E. Alana James, received her Ed.D. in educational leadership from Teachers College in 2005.  Since then she has helped over 30 doctoral candidates in either educational leadership or business move through the process on to graduation.  Working primarily as supervisor for a number of online for profit universities, but also sometimes in the role of committee member, she identified the key places and challenges that created extra stress and, unfortunately, sometimes breakdown.  This book and her work developing is in reaction to those difficulties and will, with adoption, increase graduation rates for those... More About Author

Tracesea Heather Slater

Tracesea Slater, M.A. is the Director of Strategy at where she works with Dr. James to raise graduation rates by assisting doctoral students to finish their dissertations. Tracesea’s main areas of research interest are education, disadvantaged populations and youth development. Her research experience includes work as the Manager of Research and Evaluation at a nonprofit serving homeless youth in Denver, CO. She also has done research and program evaluation in the fields of education and health care at a social research company. Tracesea’s academic experience includes work as a sociology instructor at the University of... More About Author

Alan J. Bucknam

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