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GCWAL’s publishing arm – WAL Publications, offers GCWAL’s range of innovative and ground breaking publications that specialise in the niche areas of Work-Applied Learning (WAL), Work-Based Learning (WBL), Action Research, Action Learning, Case Research, and Reflective Practice. These publications include a portfolio of specialist books and the Journal of Work-Applied Management. Back to top

Exploratory Action Research Method: A Case Study for Research Candidates and Supervisors

by Selva Abraham


ISBN : 978-0-9873721-2-3

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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 exploratory Action Research method can be successfully used to develop and implement management training and development programmes that address the needs of Indigenous community leaders.

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Work-Applied Learning for Change

by GCWAL Publications


ISBN : 978-0-9873721-0-9

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Corporations are constantly changing. To meet the challenge, more senior managers are looking to the workplace itself for answers. As this book shows, Work-Applied Learning is an effective means to achieve change.

Drawing from his long experience, first in management development and then education, Emeritus Professor Selva Abraham demonstrates the value of this approach. He balances the ideas of Work-Applied Learning with practical examples of its application not only in Australia but also Malaysia and Papua New Guinea.

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Efficient and Effective Research

by Chad Perry


ISBN : 978-0-9873721-1-6

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This book will be the foundation of a research career inside and outside universities, in a modern world where efficiency and effectiveness are increasingly emphasised. Part A aims to help readers write their thesis and journal articles in an efficient way; it can be used for both quantitative and qualitative research reports. In the second chapter, this approach to thesis writing leads into a comprehensive guide to efficient article writing. In turn, Part B presents steps in three qualitative social science research methodologies that are particularly effective for unearthing findings about what humans actually do in work and other situations: case, interview and action research. Examples of how to carry out the methodologies are described.

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Action Research Characteristics in a Work-Applied Learning for Change Context

by Selva Abraham


ISBN : 978-0-9873721-3-0

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Drawing from his long experience, first in management development and then education, Emeritus Professor Selva Abraham demonstrates the value of this approach. He balances the ideas of Work-Applied Learning with practical examples of its application not only in Australia but also Malaysia and Papua New Guinea.

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 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.

Drawing from his long experience, first in management development and then education, Emeritus Professor Selva Abraham demonstrates the value of this approach. He balances the ideas of Work-Applied Learning with practical examples of its application not only in Australia but also Malaysia and Papua New Guinea.

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Exploratory Action Research for Manager Development

by Selva Abraham


ISBN : 0-646-17514

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This book is a study of how an exploratory Action Research method was developed and justified in the design and implementation of a management training and development program. It provides a review of the literature on Action Research method and Management Training and Development and identifies a gap in the existing literature on those subjects.

In this book, Abraham illustrates Action Research methodology from his own PhD study working with the indigenous community leaders in Port Lincoln South Australia. It provides a model for Action Research masters and doctoral candidates and their supervisors.

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Board Management Training for Indigenous Community Leaders Using Action Research

by Selva Abraham


ISBN : 0-6-175130

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This book contains a case study which describes in detail the processes that took place whilst a management training and development programme was designed and implemented for indigenous community leaders. The approach used in both design and implementation was the Action Research method.

It is invaluable to Management Training and Development practitioners, especially those working with indigenous community leaders, government departments dealing with indigenous community leaders, indigenous community organisation board members and PhD students and supervisors in Action Research related study.

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