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Ruane, Meadbh – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2016
The merits of action learning as a change tool and enabler of deep learning are well recognised. However, there is a gap in the literature of participants' stories regarding their experiences on accredited postgraduate executive programmes underpinned by an action learning philosophy. The following account of practice addresses this gap and…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Management Development, Graduate Study, Graduate Students
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McGrath, Helen; O'Toole, Thomas – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2016
This paper applies an action research (AR) design and action learning (AL) approach to network capability development in an entrepreneurial context. Recent research suggests that networks are a viable strategy for the entrepreneurial firm to overcome the liabilities associated with newness and smallness. However, a gap emerges as few, if any,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Entrepreneurship, Action Research
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Stephens, Simon; Margey, Michael – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2015
Action learning involves balancing the often conflicting forces between working knowledge and academic knowledge. This paper explores the experience of executive learners; academics and external contributors involved in action learning at the postgraduate level. The executive learners are members of cohorts on two masters programmes based in…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Knowledge Level, Graduate Students, Foreign Countries
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Breen, Judith – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2014
The field of management education has been the focus of much debate in recent times. Issues relating to the real world and a lack of relevancy in business schools have caused much of this debate. In particular, questions have been raised regarding why business schools should endeavour to bridge this relevancy gap? However, it is important to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Administrator Education, Experiential Learning, Critical Theory
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Brett, Valerie; Mullally, Martina; O'Gorman, Bill; Fuller-Love, Nerys – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2012
Developing sustainable learning networks for entrepreneurs is the core objective of the Sustainable Learning Networks in Ireland and Wales (SLNIW) project. One research team drawn from the Centre for Enterprise Development and Regional Economy at Waterford Institute of Technology and the School of Management and Business from Aberystwyth…
Descriptors: Action Research, Foreign Countries, Networks, Sustainable Development
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Breathnach, Catherine; Stephenson, Frances – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2011
The authors explore their experience of a course for long-term unemployed people and reflect as to whether the traits identified by Tom Bourner on readiness for action learning actually relate to their experience. They conclude that based on the obvious development by the members of the group over the course, they observed, in some small way, the…
Descriptors: Unemployment, Experiential Learning, Active Learning, Student Experience
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O'Donoghue, Carol – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2011
The present article describes the use of action learning by a group of 30 franchisees to organise themselves and work through a period of upheaval and uncertainty when their parent company faced liquidation. Written from the perspective of one of the franchisees who found herself adopting action learning principles to facilitate the group, it…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Experiential Learning, Facilitators (Individuals), Organizational Development
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Coughlan, Paul; Coghlan, David – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2004
While much of the literature on action learning focuses on managers developing their capacity to learn and transform their own organizations, this article explores how action learning has been used in inter-organisational settings. Two settings are presented: the first an EU-funded management development programme called the National Action…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Experiential Learning, Institutional Cooperation, Organizational Development
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O'Hara, Suzanne; Bourner, Tom; Webber, Trix – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2004
This paper describes how an innovation in the practice of action learning, self-managed action learning (SMAL), was developed and then applied in practice on a number of management development programmes for a Health Board in Ireland. The nature of action learning set facilitation is discussed. The paper describes how the term set facilitator was…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, Management Development, Evaluation
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Norman, Clare; Powell, Anne – Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2004
This article aims to answer the questions: (1) How can action learning aid in strategic change?; (2) What are the benefits of using action learning as part of a broader learning intervention?; (3) What are the issues to consider when introducing action learning into a corporate environment?; and (4) How can you engage people in reflection as a…
Descriptors: Intervention, Experiential Learning, Coaching (Performance), Organizational Culture