Essential Guide to Qualitative Methods in Organizational Research is an excellent resource for students and researchers in the areas of organization studies, management research and organizational psychology, bringing together in one volume the range of methods available for undertaking qualitative data collection and analysis.
The volume includes 30 chapters, each focusing on a specific technique. The chapters cover traditional research methods, analysis techniques, and interventions as well as the latest developments in the field. Each chapter reviews how the method has been used in organizational research, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using the method, and presents a case study example of the method in use. A list of further reading is supplied for those requiring additional information about a given method.
The comprehensive and accessible nature of this collection will make it an essential and lasting handbook for researchers and students studying organizations.
Chapter 28: Action Research and Research Action: A Family of Methods
Action Research and Research Action: A Family of Methods
Action Research is not a single method of knowledge acquisition and change. It can be described as a family of methods distinguished by having several identifiable objectives and characteristics. However, the term became so diversified that it is difficult to evaluate its usefulness. One of this chapter's objectives is to restrict the variety of concepts that parade under this name and stress certain core elements as a way of giving the method a degree of coherence and provide a boundary within which the central family of Action Research methods retains a recognizable identity. This should open the way for this methodology to be more widely used in research. ...