Beyond Theory

Changing organizations through participation

Editors
| University of Southern California
| National Institute for Working Life, Stockholm
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ISBN 9789027217721 (Eur) | EUR 68.00
ISBN 9781556198267 (USA) | USD 102.00
 
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Action Research is one of the most practical and down-to-earth ways of doing research into working life. Beyond Theory draws on examples and actual cases to discuss action research within the framework of the modern, and postmodern, theory of science debate. While action research has been much criticized by the traditionalists, the book reflects a convergence between action research and positions emerging out of the critique of scientific traditionalism. Discussions between these two fields of knowledge, originally so very different, can enrich both. The book will be useful not only to researchers and academics but to anyone who is interested in the role and use of knowledge in social and organizational development.
[Dialogues on Work and Innovation, 2]  1996.  viii, 233 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface
vii
Introduction
1
1. Development and the Social Sciences: An uneasy relationship
Bjørn Gustavsen
5
2. Workplace Development and Research: Two examples
Kjell Eriksson
31
3. Creating Reflective Dialogue
Robert W. Putnam
41
4. Workplace development, Gender and Communicative Competence
Marianne Ekman Philips
53
5. Strategic Management from the Bottom Up: The start of a process of managerial, organizational and institutional change
Annemieke J.M. Roobeek
67
6. Action Research and Regional Development
Werner Fricke
83
7. The Development Organization as Communicative Instumentation: Experiences from the Karlstad program
Per H. Engelstad
89
8. Searching for a Program in National Participation: An action research experiment in Turkey
Oğuz N. Babüroğlu
119
9. ‘This is Not the Whole Story…’: On the demand for scientific reports of action research
Øyvind Pålshaugen
137
10. Pragmatizing Communicative Reason
Thomas McCarthy
159
11. Reflections on the Epigenetics Significance of Action Research
Hans van Beinum
179
12. Concluding Methodological Reflections: Élitism and democracy among the sciences
Stephen Toulmin
203
About the Authors
227
Index
231
“[...], this book is making an important contribution in arguing strongly that the core of action research is the development of democratic dialogue.”
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BIC Subject: KJM – Management & management techniques
BISAC Subject: BUS085000 – BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior
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