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Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization

Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization

Fifth Edition
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March 2019 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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 is the hands-on manual for all the need-to-know facts about understanding and undertaking insider action research.

Part I: Foundations
Chapter 1: Introducing Action Research
Chapter 2: Researching Your Own Organizations
Chapter 3: Knowing in Action
Chapter 4: Understanding Action Research
Part II: Issues and Challenges in Researching Your own Organization
Chapter 5: Preunderstanding, Role Duality and Access
Chapter 6: Managing Ethics and Organizational Politics
Part III: Implementation
Chapter 7: Constructing and Selecting Your Project
Chapter 8: Designing and Implementing Your Action Research Project
Chapter 9: Using Frameworks to Study Organizations in Action
Chapter 10: Interlevel Dynamics in Action Research
Chapter 11: Writing Up Your Insider Action Research Work
Chapter 12: In Conclusion


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This book is needed for advanced modules in research

Ms Kathleen Rooney
Nursing Department, Midwifery and Health, Dundalk Institute of Technology
September 23, 2019

Good book with good guidance and exercise; Provides good advice on action research.

Ms Wilma Garvin
Royal Docks Business School, University of East London
August 21, 2020

This book helped me to design my research module and provide practical examples of action research. I really like the way the author structure the information in the book.

Dr Evgenia Theodotou
CASS School of Education & Communities, University of East London
March 27, 2019

Mature and professional MBA students require to look at and explore their organisations with some sort of anthropological and ethnographic eyes. This book provides a simple, but not simplistic, approach to understanding and applying the value of action research in knowledge creation based on personal practice and experience. It is an excellent guide in discovering and using effectively action research in making sense of the work place and supporting internal change agents.

Mr Antonio Sama
The Business School (Canterbury), Canterbury Christ Church University
June 5, 2019

David Coghlan

David Coghlan is a Professor Emeritus and Fellow Emeritus at the Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He is author of over 250 articles and book chapters. Recent books include: Collaborative Inquiry in Organization Development and Change (with A.B. Shani, Edward Elgar, 2021), Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization (5th ed. Sage 2019); Conducting Action Research for Business and Management Students (with A.B. Shani, Sage 2018), Inside Organizations (Sage, 2016) and he is co-editor of The Sage Encyclopedia of Action Research (2014) and the 4 volume set, Action Research in Business and Management (A.B. Shani, Sage... More About Author