Action research as academic anti-freeze for organisational change

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Abstract

This paper argues that in addition to making specific technical contributions to industrial partners, academics afforded the time to engage in appropriate action research can play roles of 'catalyst', 'translator' and 'negotiator' when assisting organisations'unfreezing' for change. Through analysis of funded engagements with two Scottish construction firms, it is argued that action research is worthy of focus by the operations management research community as a means of conducting effective industrial intervention whilst delivering multiple academic outputs in a time-efficient manner.
LanguageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009
EventEuroma Annual Conference 2009 - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 14 Jun 200917 Jun 2009

Conference

ConferenceEuroma Annual Conference 2009
CityGothenburg, Sweden
Period14/06/0917/06/09

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Keywords

  • organisational change
  • action research
  • collaborative research

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Mackay, D. (2009). Action research as academic anti-freeze for organisational change. Paper presented at Euroma Annual Conference 2009, Gothenburg, Sweden, .
Mackay, David. / Action research as academic anti-freeze for organisational change. Paper presented at Euroma Annual Conference 2009, Gothenburg, Sweden, .
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