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Emancipation or Workability?: Critical versus pragmatic scientific orientation in action research
Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Management and Economics. (Entreprenörskap)
2008 (English)In: Action Research, ISSN 1476-7503, Vol. 6, no 1, p. 95-115Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article a distinction between a pragmatic and a critical orientation of action research is made. These orientations can be considered, implicitly or explicitly, to be the main alternatives in AR today. What are the assumptions behind, and practical implications for, AR projects with different orientations? A number of themes are introduced where a tension between the two are identified and illustrated in the form of a dialogue and friendly quarrel between proponents from each side. It is argued that the two orientations suit different research contexts and cannot easily be combined. The pragmatic orientation is well suited for contexts where concerted and immediate action is needed, whereas the critical is preferable where transformative action needs to be preceded by critical thinking and reflection. In the former, power to act is a desired outcome, and in the latter, unequal and invisible power relations need to be unveiled before they can be transformed. The responsibility of the researcher, as well as the form of knowledge developed, differs between the two orientations.

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Sage Publication , 2008. Vol. 6, no 1, p. 95-115
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Action research
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Business Administration
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Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vxu:diva-3782DOI: 10.1177/1476750307083713OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vxu-3782DiVA, id: diva2:203739
Available from: 2008-12-21 Created: 2008-12-21 Last updated: 2011-05-16Bibliographically approved

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