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Collaborative Research in Organizations

Collaborative Research in Organizations
Foundations for Learning, Change, and Theoretical Development

Edited by:
  • Niclas Adler - Jönköping International Business School, Sweden, FENIX Centre for Innovations in Management, University at Albany, Albany
  • A. B. (Rami) Shani - California Polytechnic State University and Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Alexander Styhre - University of Gothenburg, Sweden

July 2003 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Collaborative Research in Organizations leverages and sustains the role of management research while increasing the theoretical development of complex organizational and management issues. The true partnership ideal and emergent inquiry process make collaborative research complex and difficult to organize, lead and manage. This book addresses these needs by revisiting traditional research ideals.

Collaborative Research in Organizations is organized in four sections. Part I, Framing the Challenge, provides grounding in the historical context, the emergent need, and the challenges of working in the borderland between academy and industry. Part II, Lenses and Mechanisms, presents a range of collaborative research approaches, concepts, frameworks, and mechanisms, positioning collaborative research as something other than one of many qualitative approaches. Part III, Illustrations, are intended to provide specific examples of collaborative research projects in a variety of companies and industries that show how collaborative research is realized. Part IV, Lessons, highlights the common denominators between the different studies, addresses some of the critiques of collaborative research, and identifies critical challenges for future inquiry.

Andrew Pettigrew, Professor, Associate Dean, Research, Warwick Business School
Foreword I
Hans-Olov Olsson, CEO, Volvo Car Corporation.
Foreword II
Part 1 Framing the Challenge
Armand Hatchuel, Hans Glise
1. Rebuilding Management: A Historical Perspective
Ken Starkey and Susan Tempest/ Nottingham University Business School
2. Researching our Way to Economic Decline
Bengt Stymne/StockholmSchool of Economics
3. Traveling in the Borderland of Academy and Industry
Niclas Adler and Flemming Norrgren/Chalmers University of Technology
4. Collaborative Research: Strategic Intents and Actual Practices
David Knights/Keele University
· Academic commentary
Mikael Dohlsten/Astra Zeneca
· Executive commentary
Part 2 Collaborative Research: Some Lenses and Mechanisms
A.B. (Rami) Shani and Corey Willson/California Polytechnic State University; Albert David/Ecoles des Mines de Paris;
5. Collaborative Research: Alternative Roadmaps
Sven Kylén and Flemming Norrgren/Chalmers University of Technology; Bengt Stymne/StockholmSchool of Economics
6. Collaborative Research through an Executive Ph.D. Program
Jonas Roth/AstraZeneca R&D; Robert Sandberg and Charlotta Svensson /FENIX
7. The Dual Role of the Insider Action Researcher
Hans Björkman and Tobias Johansson/FENIX
8. Jam Sessions for Collaborative Management Research
Michael Stebbins/California Polytechnic State University; Judy L. Valenzuela/Kaiser Permanente
9. Structural Learning Mechanisms in Collaborative Research
William Pasmore, Professor, Case Western Reserve University & Delta Group
· Academic commentary
Per-Olof Nyquist, Vice President, Head of Ericsson University
· Executive commentary
Part 3 Illustrations: Realizing Collaborative Research
Jon Mikaelsson/Chalmers University of Technology; A.B. (Rami) Shani/California Polytechnic State University
10. Rethinking and Transforming Product Development
Jonas Roth and Lena Berg/ AstraZeneca R&D
11. Knowledge Facilitation in Action
Peter Magnusson/FENIX
12. User Involvement and Experimentation in Collaborative Research
Mats Sundgren and Alexander Styhre/Chalmers University of Technology
13. Managing Organizational Creativity
Mats Engwall and Charlotta Svensson/FENIX
14. The Cheetah Strategy - Saving Projects in Crisis
Hans Björkman/FENIX
15. Service Innovation - A Collaborative Approach
Sven Kylén, Jan Wickenberg, and Mats Sundgren/Chalmers University of Technology
16. The Collaborative Development of Leader at Site
Robert Sandberg and Andreas Werr/FENIX
17. Product Innovation in a Solutions Business
Allan M. Mohrman and Susan Albers Mohrman/University of Southern California
18. Self-Designing a Performance Management System
Anne Huff, Professor, Director, AIM, London Business School
· Academic commentary
Lars Rebien Sörensen, CEO, Novo Nordisk
· Executive commentary
Niclas Adler/Stockholm School of Economics; A. B. (Rami) Shani/California Polytechnic State University; Alexander Styhre/Chalmers University of Technology
Part 4 Collaborative Research in Organizations: Lessons and Challenges
About the Editors
About the Contributors

"Adler, Shani, and Styhre, with contributions from many of the management researchers associated with the FENIX experiment, have documented the essence of collaborative research in organizations. The eighteen chapters in the book provide a window into the complexity of designing and managing collaborative research efforts in organizations . . . and present an approach that is worth reading about, reflecting upon, and exploring further. At Volvo Cars, this collaboration has been an added value to our practice."

Hans-Olov Olsson, CEO and President
Volvo Car Corporation

"Through collaboration, we can deliver research outcomes not possible from solo or single team scholarship. . . . The experiments in collaborative research chronicled in this book are timely and important."

Andrew M. Pettigrew, Professor of Strategy and Organization
Warwick Business school, Associate Dean, Warwick University, U.K.

"This book responds in a timely manner to a most important subject area. The editors have a proven track record and are well recognized in their fields around the world. The cases exhibit broad coverage and the depth is quite impressive."

Kenneth L. Murrell
University of West Florida

Niclas Adler

Niclas Adler has a long track-record as an academic entrepreneur both within and outside the university system. He has co-founded and managed research centres as Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship as a collaboration between Stockholm School of Economics, Royal Institute of Technology, Karolinska Institutet and University College of Arts, Crafts and Design performing education, research and information activities in entrepreneurship and business creation and FENIX Centre for Innovations in Management, as a collaboration between Stockholm School of Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Institute for Management of Innovation and... More About Author

A. B. (Rami) Shani

A.B. (Rami) Shani, Ph.D., Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Change at California Polytechnic University, USA, a Senior Research Fellow at the FENIX Centre and an Adjunct Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden. His most recent work has focused on the theoretical and application of collaborative research in organizations, creating sustainable work systems, creating the learning organization and, action research methodologies in the pursuit of actionable knowledge creation. He is the co-author or book co-editor of Collaborative Research in Organizations: Foundations for Learning (SAGE,2004) , Change and Theoretical... More About Author

Alexander Styhre

Alexander Styhre, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the Department of Project Management and Research Program Director at the Fenix Research Program, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. His research interest is focused on knowledge-intensive organizations and strategic human resource management practices. Styhre is widely published in refereed journals . More About Author

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