• University College Dublin

    The 7th Action Research Colloquium

  • OBrien Science Centre

    University College Dublin - O’Brien Science Centre

  • June 19th & 20th 2014

    June 29th to 30th June 2017

The 7th Action Research Colloquium

The central theme for the 2017 Colloquium is:
“Appreciating Action Research”

The Action Research Colloquium provides a forum for practitioners, academic staff and researchers to meet and engage in conversations about their work. Building on the success of previous Colloquia the format has a focus on sharing and exploring issues that arise when working with action research in the kinds of real world contexts within which researchers are engaged. The Colloquium brings together people from diverse fields including business, industry, tourism, education and healthcare.

The colloquium ethos is participative and the idea of "creating conversations" is a core element of the event. The programme is structured to facilitate discussion and sharing experiences in plenary and parallel sessions. It is designed as a two-day event which includes, for those interested a doctoral workshop and a workshop on Methods to Enhance Conversations in Action Research.

Masterclass

The Masterclass will be held on Wednesday 28th June from 16.00-18.00. This years Masterclass is titled "The Promise of Appreciative Inquiry in Theory and Practice"

The original intent of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) was to be Action Research with the generative capacity to co-create knowledge for social innovation. Nowadays it is commonly known as a strengths-based form of Dialogic OD. In both manifestations, the central idea is to engage in shared inquiry for change. In this masterclass Danielle Zandee will give an overview of the underlying theory and the practical applications of AI. Her guiding question is how we can design and facilitate AI as a generative process of inquiry. Ideally such inquiry nurtures both practice renewal and original theorizing.

Critical Appreciation in Action Research

In the Colloquium we explore how the optimistic, strengths-based perspective of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) may be combined with the more activist, critical stance of Participatory Action Research (PAR). Danielle Zandee proposes that we need such critical appreciation in collaborative inquiry for the development of new repertoires to handle the wicked issues of our time. How can we create and facilitate egalitarian research settings in which genuine dialogue may enable the emergence of novelty in thought and action?

Workshop 1: Doctoral Seminar

Apre-colloquium doctoral seminar will be held on Thursday 29th June from 9.30 to 12.00. This seminar is restricted to registered doctoral students. Intending participants need to pre-register for the seminar and submit a 2-3 page abstract of their doctoral work and identify an issue or question that they wish to bring to the seminar and on which they will seek help during the seminar. The seminar will be facilitated by Dr Mary Casey and Prof David Coghlan and other experienced faculty. Please submit abstracts to actionresearch@ucd.ie by Friday, June 10th 2017.

Workshop 2: Ethics in Action Research

Aworkshop on ethics in action research will be held on Thursday 29th June from 9.30 to 12.00.

Because action research is a participatory process which focuses on practical knowing, ethical theory in action research involves new ways about thinking about ethics. This workshop will focus on Covental Ethics, one such approach to ethics and will be facilitated by Prof. Mary Brydon-Miller with the help of Dr Denise O’Leary. Mary Brydon-Miller is a Professor in the Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development Department in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville. She is a participatory action researcher who conducts work in both school and community settings. Her recent scholarship focuses on the development of new frameworks for understanding research ethics in community settings.

The seminar will be facilitated by Prof. Mary Brydon-Miller and other experienced faculty. Mary Brydon-Miller is a Professor in the Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development Department in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville. She is a participatory action researcher who conducts work in both school and community settings. Her recent scholarship focuses on the development of new frameworks for understanding research ethics in community settings.

Registration & More Information

R egister here for the 2017 Action Research Colloquium. You can also download our brochure.

Keynote Speaker

Danielle Zandee Danielle Zandee
is Professor of Sustainable Organizational Development at Nyenrode Business Universiteit in the Netherlands, where she makes theoretical and practical contributions to organizational change and social innovation. Before moving into academia, Danielle worked with the Royal/Dutch Shell Group in Human Resources and she has facilitated organizational change in the United States, in South Africa and in the Netherlands. She embraces action research for its potential to create both innovative knowledge and new ways of knowing. She conducts action research in healthcare, guides Ph.D. students in their action research studies, and facilitates insider action research projects of MBA students. Danielle takes a critical appreciative stance in action research and currently studies the creation of egalitarian research groups and the nurturing of generative dialogue. She has published about appreciative inquiry as an action research approach in the Handbook of Action Research, the Sage Encyclopedia, the Advances in Appreciative Inquiry series and the AI Practitioner journal. Danielle is an associate editor of the Action Research Journal and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. In 2017 she is the Program Chair of the Organization Development and Change (ODC) Division of the Academy of Management.

Keynote Speaker

David Coghlan David Coghlan is a Professor Emeritus and Fellow Emeritus at the Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He specializes in organization development and action research and is active in both communities internationally. He has published over 150 articles and book chapters. Recent books include: Inside Organizations (Sage, 2016), Organizational Change and Strategy (Routledge, 2016), Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization (4th ed. Sage, 2014), Collaborative Strategic Improvement through Network Action Learning (Edward Elgar, 2011). He is co-editor of The Sage Encyclopaedia of Action Research (2014) and of the 4 volume sets Fundamentals of Organization Development (Sage, 2010) and Action Research in Business & Management (Sage, 2016). He serves on the editorial advisory boards of: Journal of Applied Behavioural Science, Action Research, Action Learning: Research and Practice, Systemic Practice and Action Research, The OD Practitioner among others.

Call for Papers

Deadline extension: Call for papers now extended to Friday 7th April. Abstracts should be submitted to More details here

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