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Action research as academic anti-freeze for organisational change

Mackay, David (2009) Action research as academic anti-freeze for organisational change. In: Euroma Annual Conference 2009, 2009-06-14 - 2009-06-17, Gothenburg, Sweden.

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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.

Item type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID code: 13859
Keywords: organisational change, action research, collaborative research, Management. Industrial Management, Engineering design
Subjects: Social Sciences > Industries. Land use. Labor > Management. Industrial Management
Technology > Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) > Engineering design
Department: Faculty of Engineering > Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management
Depositing user: Mr D. Mackay
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2010 13:16
Last modified: 27 Jun 2015 07:05
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/13859

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