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Editorial: Action Research
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation. (Nya Managementpraktiker)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6823-4925
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1902-5155
2019 (English)In: Technology Innovation Management Review, ISSN 1927-0321, E-ISSN 1927-0321, Vol. 5, no 5, p. 3-3Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

In April (timreview.ca/issue/2019/april), we published the first of this pair of special issues on the theme of Action Research. This second special issue can be said to be both a prolongation of the first issue and an expansion of the scope of the first issue. The aim, however, is the same: to express the action research discussion in an accessible manner such that academics, industry, and the public sector can adopt the frameworks, models, and ideas presented by the authors.

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Taken together, we notice some central themes present in the articles of this special issue. The main one, to us, is the idea of the researcher to be or become part of the team that work with the real-world problem the action and knowledge process is supposed to solve. It takes commitment to the cause as well as time in order to be- come embedded and continuously adapt. Thus, flexibil- ity is key. This logic contrasts with traditional ideas of scientific rigour and control, meaning that action re- searchers need complementary views on quality, ob- jectivity, and validity, which we hope we have provided through this special issue. These insights might help re- searchers to reach their ends, but they will not suffice at the practical end. Instead, through the accounts avail- able here, we become aware that action research efforts do not trump organizational power structures. Instead, analyzing the organization, how it is run, and who has the power to change are vital when paving the way for in- novations, whether they are developed through action research or not. Action research is thus nothing you should do on a whim. You should not to just plunge into the practice. Instead, you will do better if you study the water first and decide when, where, and how to jump.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ottawa, 2019. Vol. 5, no 5, p. 3-3
Keywords [en]
Editorial; Action Research; Participative Research
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Economics and Business Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Innovation and Design; Industrial Economics and Organisations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-43595OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-43595DiVA, id: diva2:1320045
Available from: 2019-06-04 Created: 2019-06-04 Last updated: 2019-06-04Bibliographically approved

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