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Interventionism – an approach for the future?

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  • Sten Jönsson

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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to address the distinctive problems of interventionist research that originate from intervention in ongoing practices as opposed to the experiment's design of a theory-relevant context. Design/methodology/approach - The paper is an essay, based on arguments of mapping closely and understanding the work environment of the managers under study, and of re-framing (or re-education) practices. Findings - The paper finds that the intervention is valued in terms of improved practice, as well as theoretical contribution. Research limitations/implications - Learning theories (organizational and individual) should be included in the toolbox as well as methods of observing ongoing practices. Practical implications - Interventionist research changes the way organizations think about how they organize their work (the appellate case); learning theory impacts work organization very concretely. Originality/value - Management itself is intervention in organizational work practices, intervention in management practices will be something akin to Argyris

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  • Sten Jönsson, 2010. "Interventionism – an approach for the future?," Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 7(1), pages 124-134, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:qrampp:v:7:y:2010:i:1:p:124-134
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    1. Cristina Campanale & Lino Cinquini & Andrea Tenucci, 2014. "Il Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing per la gestione dei costi in logica di spending review: riflessioni da un caso di azienda ospedaliera," MECOSAN. Menagement e economia sanitaria, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2014(91), pages 9-42.

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    Working practices; Research methods; Learning;

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