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ERIC Number: EJ963785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0965-0792
Enriching Action Research with the Narrative Approach and Activity Theory: Analyzing the Consequences of an Intervention in a Public Sector Hospital in Finland
Kajamaa, Anu
Educational Action Research, v20 n1 p75-93 2012
As early as 15 years ago, it was claimed that organizational intervention research lacks consensus about research methods and theory and that more systematic efforts are needed to overcome this theoretical-methodological gap in knowledge. This study aims at contributing to the development of theory and methodology in the field of organizational intervention research. The study puts action research, narrative inquiry and activity theory into interplay in a novel way. Theory and practice are in a dialogical relationship in the study. An empirical case is presented of a public-sector hospital unit that was in crisis and took part in an organizational change process based on action research. The study asks what a combinatory framework can offer the theoretical and methodological development of organizational intervention research. The long-term consequences of the project are here traced and analyzed by conducting ethnographic field research, including narrative inquiry. A meta-analysis of the action research process and narrative accounts is conducted with activity-theoretical concepts of material-artifact mediation and object-oriented activity. (Contains 1 note, 1 table, and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland