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Demonstrates the development of action research skills in a particular area of organizational life: improving the management of the product development process. Describes product development as a process, before introducing self‐assessment and benchmarking as an intervention oriented towards...
Outlines the building of an action science paradigm which seeks to synergize essential elements from within the disciplines of learning, action learning, problem solving, quality of worklife, negotiation, alternative dispute resolution methodology, team building, organization development and...
Clarifies a confusion existing in the field of consultation and organization development between formal research and data‐driven inquiry on the one hand and clinical research and client‐driven inquiry on the other. Illustrates the difference between the two approaches by showing the effects of...
Reflects how relatively little has been written about the “working note” as a tool of consultants involved in organizational change. Shows how such notes are used to feed back preliminary findings and working hypotheses as a basis for dialogue with and within the client system. Grounds their use...
Describes how there are unsolved problems within the philosophy of the social sciences, which cannot provide a coherent account of a style of science which is based on either explanation or understanding. No easy combination of elements from the empiricist and hermeneutic approaches is possible...
Describes how individuals hold theories which govern their actions and how these theories unintentionally create organizational defensive routines and inhibit learning. Presents an action science approach whereby consultant researchers can help individuals see their taken‐for‐granted theories,...
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