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Graded Discussion Board No. 01
ORGANIZATIONAL Development (MGmT628)
Due Date: May 02, 2014 Marks: 20
Topic: Organizational Development via Action Research Lesson 1-6
Organization development (OD) is a planned, organization-wide effort to increase an organization's effectiveness and/or efficiency and/or to enable the organization to achieve its strategic goals.
Action research is a form of investigation designed for use by employers/employees to attempt to solve problems and improve professional practices in their own organizations. It involves systematic observations and data collection which can be then used by the practitioner-researcher in reflection, decision-making and the development of more effective strategies.
Point of Discussion (POD)
Discuss how action research is useful for organizational development its strategies. What sort of problems can be solved through action research and improve professional practices in organizations. Discus with solid arguments and try to come with real time examples.
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Action research is a research initiated to solve an immediate problem or a reflective process of progressive problem solving led by individuals working with others in teams or as part of a "community of practice" to improve the way they address issues and solve problems.
There are two types of action research: participatory action research, and practical action research.
This is supported by Denscombe (2010, p.6) who states that an action research strategy's purpose is to solve a particular problem and to produce guidelines for best practice.
Action research involves the process of actively participating in an organization change situation whilst conducting research. Action research can also be undertaken by larger organizations or institutions, assisted or guided by professional researchers, with the aim of improving their strategies, practices and knowledge of the environments within which they practice. As designers and stakeholders, researchers work with others to propose a new course of action to help their community improve its work practices.