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Pragmatic Action Research


  • Davydd J. Greenwood


AR is not just one more social science “method”; it is a fundamentally different way of conducting research and social change work together. Participation in AR is not just a moral value but essential to successful AR because the complexities of the problems addressed require the knowledge and experience of a broad and diverse array of stakeholders. I argue that there is no one ideal form of AR and that what is useful is situationally dependent which is also why AR cannot respect or operate within the disciplinary boundaries or departmental structures of academic. For these reasons, Morten Levin and I prefer to call our work “pragmatic AR”. To complete the paper, I present two cases, one from industry and one from community development, to show how I practice pragmatic AR in context.

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  • Davydd J. Greenwood, 2007. "Pragmatic Action Research," International Journal of Action Research, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 3(1+2), pages 131-148.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:ijares:doi_10.1688/1861-9916_ijar_2007_01_greenwood

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    1. Mickaël Naulleau, 2015. "Conditions for developing a successful Talent Management Strategy," Post-Print hal-01221228, HAL.
    2. Mickaël Naulleau, 2015. "Elaboration d’une stratégie de management du talent : quelques conditions de réussite illustrées par une recherche-action," Post-Print hal-01221207, HAL.

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    Pragmatic AR; method; participation;

    JEL classification:

    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy


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