Action research as theoretical practices
The notion of theory is often discussed with great anxiety among organization and management theorists. Theory is often seen as being in opposition to practice which implies that theory may be outside of practical use. Against this view, this paper argues that what we call theoretical practices are key components of action research activities in organizations. Theoretical practices allow a contextual analysis of “thick” organizational practices and also allows an analysis of the multiple language games being used in organizations. Thus, theoretical practices should be examined as an important activity in insider/outsider action research activities.
Keywords: theoretical practice, action research, industry-academy joint research
Published online: 13 June 2002
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