This book covers the background, process, and tools needed to introduce and guide students through to a successful action research (AR) project. Included are how to initiate, plan, and complete AR within all types of organizations in business, nonprofit, and public administration. Graphic organizers and a modular sequence of topics help students manage the steps involved in AR practice. A protocol for weekly report writing, informed consent documentation, and clear guidelines for final analyses and report writing give graduate students the efficient format they need. This book teaches theory by interweaving discussion of the major content areas and stories of student success with the concepts that impact practice.

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Networks and How to Employ Them for Change

Networks and how to employ them for change

It is important to discuss the practical considerations involved in embedding PAR in network environments and other forms of communities of practice because more and more business is now conducted in networks. NPAR can be seen as a significant tool for creating long-term systemic change in a complex environment. Why? Because of the power of the group to ferment activity over time and because many hands make light work. As this book presents tools and techniques in AR to help develop sustainable change in complex situations, we address how to run an AR project across a diverse network.

What is a network? For our purposes, a network is defined as a ...

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