2 New Books Launched at the 2016 Congress

7 November 2016 | WAL Publications

  • Exploratory Action Research Method: A Case Study for Research Candidates and Supervisors, and
  • Action Research Characteristics in a Work-Applied Learning for Change Context

GCWAL launched two new books at the GCWAL and ALARA  Learning for Change and Innovation World Congress, which was held in November 2016 in Adelaide South Australia.

The first is titled Exploratory Action Research Method: A Case Study for Research Candidates and Supervisors. This book is an amalgamation of two previous releases by GCWAL’s Chairman, Emeritus Professor Selva Abraham. The study described in this book was the subject of Professor Abraham’s PhD thesis and was conducted more than twenty years ago, which focused management training and development programme for Indigenous community leaders in Port Lincoln. It was an extensive program extending over approximately eighteen months, and was the first known example of using the Action Research method for management training and development programs for Indigenous community leaders. The Indigenous community leaders in this study were the Board members of an Aboriginal community organization known as the Community Development and Employment Programme. This was an Australian Government initiative implemented at the time to provide employment and training within Aboriginal communities.

The purpose of publishing this study in its original form is twofold. First, this book provides a step-by- step approach for supervisors of postgraduate students in how to conduct a study using the Action Research method. It also provides everything needed from the conceptualization of the project to its completion and as such will contribute greatly to the development of the literature in Action Research and Management Development, encouraging more and more students to do their research in this way and assisting those who supervise them. Until today, no such guide has been available.

Secondly, this book brings to light this research, which was undertaken in the past but still has great relevance to the present and the future. Indigenous peoples still suffer great disadvantage and providing them with skills with which they can lift themselves out of this disadvantage remains a priority. This study showed that the Action Research method can be successfully used to develop and implement management training and development programmes that address the needs of Indigenous community leaders.

The second book launched at the GCWAL/ALARA World Congress is titled Action Research Characteristics in a Work-Applied Learning for Change Context. This book is an adjunct to Professor Abraham’s Exploratory Action Research Method book (as above) that builds on the literature relating to the Action Research characteristics when specifically used in a Work-Applied Learning (WAL) for change context. The term WAL for change, encapsulates a cutting edge process model developed by Professor Abraham, to enable managers and teams to research, reflect, learn, and at the same time, introduce departmental, divisional, or organisational change.

The Action Research characteristics defined in this book have emerged from a journey of enlightenment through research, application, research supervision, critical reflection, and refinement. The outcome of this journey are twelve key constituent characteristics of Action Research in the Work-Applied Learning for change context. These characteristics have been tried and tested in the workplace, and researched and reflected upon on the basis of the evolving literature on the characteristics of Action Research over the past 26 years.

This journey began when Professor Abraham finished his MBA program at Henley Business School in the UK, and has continued through his PhD study, consultancy projects, and supervision of research/postgraduate candidates. This continuing learning and research process has led to the refinement and the current formulation of the key Action Research characteristics relevant for organisational change underpinning the WAL model.

This book will be of interest to anyone using Action Research for change, and in particular, WAL for change. These characteristics will also be of interest to anyone undertaking study in the area of the Action Research method and practices.


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