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 40: Organization Development: Action Research for Organizational Change
The term organization development (commonly referred to as OD) refers to an approach to organizational change that is a philosophy, a professional field of social action, a mode of scientific inquiry and an array of approaches to enable change and learning to take place in organizations (Cummings, 2008). It is understood to be different from change management which emerged from organization development and became associated with expert-based prescription by business consultants. Organization development is understood to refer to a specific values-based approach that has its roots in the work of Kurt Lewin and which is deeply imbedded in action research. Definitions of OD vary but they tend to comprise the ...