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ERIC Number: EJ870293
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1476-7333
Critical by Design: Enacting Critical Action Learning in a Small Business Context
Ram, Monder; Trehan, Kiran
Action Learning: Research and Practice, v6 n3 p305-318 Nov 2009
A small but growing strand of literature is beginning to make the case for "critical action learning" (CAL). Much of this interest operates on theoretical terrain, speculating on the extent to which it might differ from more conventional notions of action learning. This paper draws on insights from (CAL) to demonstrate the importance of being "critical by design" in the formulation and implementation of interventions. It is based on a five-year inquiry involving a network of small business owners. We demonstrate the importance of explicitly questioning the rationale for interventions; assessing how the composition of the action learning set relates to power relations within its organizational context; the process of governance; and an active role for facilitators. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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