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



In this chapter we draw together the themes of the preceding five chapters and encapsulate the strengths and limitations of action research, under what conditions it works or does not work, what its contribution is, and we point to how your dissertation might be successful. In Chapter 1 we introduced the complete theory of action research in terms of four factors: i) how you show your understanding of the context in which the action research is taking place, ii) the quality of the collaborative relationship in addressing the issue from the context and in inquiring into its content, process and underlying assumptions, iii) the quality of engaging in cycles of planning action, taking action, reviewing action and articulating learning, and iv) the outcomes ...

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