Turning to Practice with Action Research

by Benedicte Brøgger (Volume editor) Olav Eikeland (Volume editor)
©2009 Edited Collection 288 Pages


Since the turn of the millennium, various ways of «turning to practice» have resurfaced as major concerns of organisational researchers. And once again, the call is out for relevant and actionable knowledge among management and organisational researchers. This book shows how action research and related approaches have turned to practice by developing knowledge both from practice and for practice without giving up on theoretical and methodological ambitions. Contributions from Norway, Ireland, France, and the USA are included, relating action based approaches to other more mainstream methodological and theoretical approaches. How can practical alternatives to both explanatory and interpretative approaches be developed? How can we devise methods that actually support both practical change and creation of valid knowledge? How can we include local knowledge in the research process? The authors – all organisation researchers – present different answers but are united in addressing and discussing urgent questions like these.


ISBN (Hardcover)
Ways of learning Management research Managerial reforms Research methodology Action research
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009. 288 pp., 3 fig., 3 tables

Biographical notes

Benedicte Brøgger (Volume editor) Olav Eikeland (Volume editor)

The Editors: Benedicte Brøgger is an anthropologist currently working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Norwegian School of Management Bl with an affiliation with the Work Research Institute in Oslo. Olav Eikeland is a philosopher currently working as research director and professor of education and work research at the Akershus University College (Norway). Both editors have for many years previously worked as researchers at the Work Research Institute in Oslo.


Title: Turning to Practice with Action Research