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Analysis of Action Research

Analyze the role of action research in organizational theory development & implementation. Be sure to address the following:

Define action research

Explore the process of theory development that evolves from action research

Assess the value of implementation in the action research process on creating organizational change and developing new theories

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Guide to Analysis of Action Research

What is action research?

Kemmis and McTaggart (1988, 5): Action research is a form of collective self-reflective enquiry undertaken by participants in social situations in order to improve the rationality and justice of their own social or educational practices, as well as their understanding of these practices and the situations in which these practices are carried out.

Patricia Cross (1987, 499): Classroom research ... is geared to self -improvement since it is de¬signed, conducted, and used by teachers themselves. And classroom re¬search bridges the gap between research and practice because re¬searchers and practitioners are in one: the researcher asks questions that the practitioner thinks are important; the practi¬tioner is eager to use the results of the research. ... Classroom research is, by definition, situa¬tion-spe¬cific, and the findings of classroom research are, therefore, rel¬evant to a given teacher and can be used directly to improve practice.

Southern Cross University, Australia, www.scu.edu.au/schools/gcm/ar/whatisar.html, accessed 7/1/2011.

Action research is inquiry or research in the context of focused efforts to improve the quality of an organization and its performance. It typically is designed and conducted by practitioners who analyze the data to improve their own practice. Action research can be done by individuals or by teams of colleagues. ...

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This solution describes what action research is and its role in organizational theory development & implementation.