Action research for management research

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    Action research has become increasingly prominent among management researchers as an espoused paradigm used to justify the validity of a range of research outputs. In this paper we introduce and discuss 12 contentions which, we argue, justify an action research project as quality research. The contentions are presented through a discussion of a number of important issues: generality and theory generation, the type of theory development appropriate to action research, the pragmatic focus of action research, designing action research and validity of action research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)75-86
    Number of pages12
    JournalBritish Journal of Management
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 1996


    • action research
    • management research
    • research outputs


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