In Conducting Action Research, Coghlan and Shani explain how action research differs from more detached research methods and provides expert guidance on how to engage effectively with it, helping the reader to complete both a successful research project and produce findings that are useful in an organizational context. Ideal for Business and Management students reading for a Master’s degree, each book in the series may also serve as reference books for doctoral students and faculty members interested in the method. Part of SAGE’s Mastering Business Research Methods, conceived and edited by Bill Lee, Mark N. K. Saunders and Vadake K. Narayanan and designed to support researchers by providing in-depth and practical guidance on using a chosen method of data collection or analysis. Watch the editors introduce the Mastering Business Research Methods series

Enacting Action Research


How do you engage in clinical inquiry as you design and enact your action research project so that the core project is successful and you make a theoretical contribution through the dissertation project? This chapter discusses how you might embark on and deliver an action research project for your dissertation. Here we build on the preceding chapters that introduced the philosophical and practical values of action, collaboration and reflexivity that underpin action research and how they may be realized by enacting the general empirical method through first- and second-person practice in the core and dissertation projects. The heart of the chapter lies in the enactment of seven core activities through which we now take you. As we take you through these ...

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