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Inside Organizations
Exploring Organizational Experiences

First Edition


August 2016 | 120 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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. 
 
Introduction
 
Chapter 1. Being Inside Organizations
 
Chapter 2. Inquiring from the Inside
 
Chapter 3. Personal Learning in the Workplace
 
Chapter 4. Levels and Interlevel Behaviour
 
Chapter 5. Experiencing the Organizational Underworld
 
Chapter 6. Experiencing Strategic Processes
 
Chapter 7. Experiencing Organizational Learning and Change
 
Conclusions
 
Appendix 1 Keeping a Learning Journal
 
Appendix 2 Writing a Reflective Essay

Inside Organisations is a great introduction to an undergraduate audience of some rather more complex writings. It is presented in such a way that these powerful ideas are communicated in a way that well feel straightforward to its reader, without having to delve through a multitude of classic works. If you are engaged in student placements or internships I commend it to you.

Craig Johnson
University of Bradford School of Management
Action Learning: Research and Practice

A detailed and practical review of all the different ways that insiders could and should inquire into and about their organizational experiences. The reader will find reviews of all the individual, group, organizational, strategic, and interlevel concepts and tools of analysis that have evolved in the last fifty years for making sense of the complexities of organizational life.

Edgar H. Schein, Professor Emeritus
MIT Sloan School of Management, Author of Humble Inquiry

Accessible by students and tutors alike, this is a clear and comprehensible study of benefit to students of business and beyond.

Carol Costley
Director, Institute for Work Based Learning, Middlesex University

Coghlan takes the student on a journey of the most important contributions made in the area of organizational behaviour

Craig Johnson
University of Bradford School of Management
Action Learning: Research and Practice

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Chapter One: Being Inside Organizations


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David Coghlan

David Coghlan is Professor Emeritus and Fellow Emeritus at the Trinity Business School. University of Dublin, of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He specializes in organization development and action research and is active in both communities internationally. He has published over 160 articles and book chapters. His book, Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization (SAGE) has been through four editions with a fifth one in progress. He is co-editor of the SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research (2014).  Recent co-authored books include Collaborative Strategic Improvement through Network Action Learning (Edward Elgar, 2011) and... More About Author

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