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Controlling action research projects

Controlling action research projects
Controlling action research projects
Action research (AR), which emphasises collaboration between researchers and practitioners, is a qualitative research method that has much potential for the information systems (IS) field. AR studies of IS phenomena are now beginning to be published in the IS research literature. However, the rigour of many AR studies in IS can be improved. When AR has been published, the findings have frequently been emphasised at the expense of the process. In this article, we look at the process in AR projects, and look at some of the key choices and alternatives in controlling AR. We discuss three aspects of control: the procedures for initiating an AR project, those for determining authority within the project, and the degree of formalisation. We analyse seven recent AR projects in IS and from this analysis distil recommendations for determining these control structures.
action research, control, information systems, methodology
0959-3845
28-45
Avison, David
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Baskerville, Richard
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Myers, Michael
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Avison, David
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Baskerville, Richard
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Myers, Michael
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Avison, David, Baskerville, Richard and Myers, Michael (2001) Controlling action research projects. Information Technology & People, 14 (1), 28-45. (doi:10.1108/09593840110384762).

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Abstract

Action research (AR), which emphasises collaboration between researchers and practitioners, is a qualitative research method that has much potential for the information systems (IS) field. AR studies of IS phenomena are now beginning to be published in the IS research literature. However, the rigour of many AR studies in IS can be improved. When AR has been published, the findings have frequently been emphasised at the expense of the process. In this article, we look at the process in AR projects, and look at some of the key choices and alternatives in controlling AR. We discuss three aspects of control: the procedures for initiating an AR project, those for determining authority within the project, and the degree of formalisation. We analyse seven recent AR projects in IS and from this analysis distil recommendations for determining these control structures.

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Published date: 2001
Keywords: action research, control, information systems, methodology

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Local EPrints ID: 35821
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/35821
ISSN: 0959-3845
PURE UUID: ec57e569-d4e6-413f-8648-7dc1941502be

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Date deposited: 23 May 2006
Last modified: 15 Jul 2019 19:05

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