Through a rejection of the traditional separation between the researcher and the research setting, this volume discusses a philosophy in which the researcher is fully involved in the process of organizational learning and change. William Foote Whyte and his collaborators outline the theory and methods behind participatory action research, weigh up its strengths and weaknesses and then present cases where this research strategy has been used in both industry and agriculture from a variety of countries on four continents.

Participatory Action Research: A View from Xerox


In 1980, after several years of thought, study, and preparation, and in response to increased foreign and domestic competition, the North American Manufacturing Division (NAMD) of Xerox Corporation and the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU, Local 14A) began a joint quality of work life (QWL) ...

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