The third edition of the SAGE Handbook of Action Research presents a fully updated version of the bestselling text, including new chapters written by key figures in the field covering emerging areas in healthcare, social work, education and international development, as well as an expanded ‘skills’ section which includes new consultant-relevant materials. Building on the strength of the previous editions, editor Hilary Bradbury has carefully developed the third edition to take a strong international approach to the topic of action research and thus expanding the already-impressive scale and scope of the work. In essence, the third edition follows in the footsteps of the landmark previous editions by mapping the current state of the discipline, as well as looking to the future of the field and exploring the issues at the cutting edge of the action research paradigm today. This volume is an essential resource for scholars and professionals engaged in social and political inquiry, organizational research and education.
Chapter 15: Systemic Intervention
Because of the complexity of many of the environmental, social and organizational issues that action researchers engage with, where numerous interacting variables need to be accounted for and multiple agencies and groups bring different values and concerns to bear, it is not uncommon for people to call for a systems approach (see also Chapters 41, 42, 43 and 57, in this volume). The desire is for a ‘bigger picture’ understanding, both of complex, non-linear interactions and the dynamics of multiple stakeholder relationships and perspectives. To address this call, I offer a set of methodological concepts that I have found useful in my own systemic action research practice.
Of course, many different systems methodologies have been developed over the years. There are ...