Action-based modes of inquiry and the host-researcher relationship

Ramírez, Rafael, Gilmore, Thomas and Krantz, Jim (1986) Action-based modes of inquiry and the host-researcher relationship. Consultation, 5 (3). pp. 160-176.

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Contends that the notion of disturbing a system as the best way to understand it has profoundly altered the traditionally rigid boundary between scientist and S. This idea has evolved to become a systematic and distinctive approach that emphasizes active engagement with clients and co-learning. Three approaches to this type of effort are discussed: action research that aims to contribute both to the practical concerns of people in an immediate problematic situation and to further the goals of science simultaneously; action learning that describes the complex collaborative relationships required of organizational change efforts; and action science that takes purposeful action related to a particular phenomena. Two case studies illustrate important aspects of collaborative social intervention from the researcher/consultant's side.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Action research; Client relationship; Action-based inquiry
Subject(s): Strategy; Entrepreneurship & Global business
Centre: Faculty of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and International Business
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2012 21:01
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:06

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