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

Examples of Action Research


The business and management literature provides many examples of action research implementation. The aim of this chapter is to present the wide range of action research projects that were impactful both in addressing specific organization issues and in advancing our understanding of business and management. To capture the wide range of action research implementations, we have grouped the examples by industry sector, business function or discipline, and insider action research emphasis.


As we described in Chapter 1, the context in which action research is understood and conducted is central. The evolution of the action research approach as a research method of practice emerged within a wide variety of academic disciplines and contexts. In the first part of this chapter we discuss ...

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