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Distinguishing action research from participative case studies

Distinguishing action research from participative case studies Action researchers contend that a complex social process can be studied best by introducing changes into that process and observing the effects of these changes. The approach used by organizational consultants must also introduce change, but in this case, the theoretical development and the rigorous empirical foundation are prerequisite elements of the activity. Participative case studies are a common scientific report proceeding from consulting projects. This paper discusses the contrasts between the action research method, consulting, and participative case studies. Ethical problems arise when action research is knowingly or unknowingly conflated with consultation practices, since this combination makes the usual set of action research dilemmas even more problematic. An improved understanding of the action researchconsulting contrasts aids in distinguishing the contributions of participative case studies to the information systems literature. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Systems and Information Technology Emerald Publishing

Distinguishing action research from participative case studies

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1328-7265
DOI
10.1108/13287269780000733
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Abstract

Action researchers contend that a complex social process can be studied best by introducing changes into that process and observing the effects of these changes. The approach used by organizational consultants must also introduce change, but in this case, the theoretical development and the rigorous empirical foundation are prerequisite elements of the activity. Participative case studies are a common scientific report proceeding from consulting projects. This paper discusses the contrasts between the action research method, consulting, and participative case studies. Ethical problems arise when action research is knowingly or unknowingly conflated with consultation practices, since this combination makes the usual set of action research dilemmas even more problematic. An improved understanding of the action researchconsulting contrasts aids in distinguishing the contributions of participative case studies to the information systems literature.

Journal

Journal of Systems and Information TechnologyEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 1, 1997

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