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Innovation and action research

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Gustavsen, Bjørn

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Abstract "In the Western economies there is a growing focus on innovation as the key to economic growth. In spite of its orientation towards transcending the given, and creating something new, action research has so far played a limited role as a resource in innovation. Departing from practice-driven innovation and the need for collaboration between many actors, a key role for action research as promoter of joint inquiries in dialogical form and associated action is described and discussed, drawing on experiences from action research programmes in Scandinavia. The core challenge for action research is not only to promote certain forms of collaborative inquiry and action, but to reach a level of scale, or mass, that makes innovation possible." (author's abstract)
Keywords action research; innovation; economic growth; constructivism
Classification Management Science; Research Design
Document language English
Publication Year 2005
Page/Pages p. 267-289
Journal International Journal of Action Research, 1 (2005) 3
ISSN 1861-1303
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications