hypothetical or actual business problem

Required Reading:

Adams, J., Raeside, R., & Khan, H. (2014). Research methods for business and social science students (2nd ed.). SAGE Publications. Available in the Trident Online Library EBSCO database.

Coates, M. (2005). Action research: A guide for associate lecturers. Center for Outcomes Based Education. http://www.open.edu/openlearnworks/course/view.php?id=1592.

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Session 1 and Session 2 in: Dick, B. (2014, December 30). Action research and evaluation on line, as a web-based program. http://www.aral.com.au/areol/areolind.html

Ferrance, E. (n.d.). Action research: Themes in education. https://www.brown.edu/academics/education-alliance/sites/brown.edu.academics.education-alliance/files/publications/act_research.pdf

Harrison, R. L. (2013). Using mixed methods designs in the Journal of Business Research, 1990–2010. Journal of Business Research, 66(11).

Johnson, B., & Christensen, L. (2012). Educational research: Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches (4th ed.). Sage Publications, Inc.

Sankaran, S., & Ranjan, M. (2010). Implementing organizational change using action research in two Asian cultures. Paper presented at PMI® Research Conference: Defining the Future of Project Management, Washington, DC. Project Management Institute. https://www.pmi.org/learning/library/organizational-change-projects-action-research-6483

Optional Reading:

Chevalier, J. M., & Buckles, D. J. (2013). Participatory action research: Theory and methods for engaged inquiry. Routledge. Available in the Trident Online Library.

McIntyre, A. (2007). Participatory action research. SAGE Publications, Inc. Available in the Trident Online Library.

Zuber-Skerritt, O. (2016). The action research planner: Doing critical participatory action research. Routledge. Available in the Trident Online Library.

Stringer, E. (2007). Action research (3rd ed.). Sage Publications.

Stringer, E. (2013). Action research (4th ed.). Sage Publications.



In a 5- to 6-page paper, address the following task:

State a hypothetical or actual business problem that might lend itself to action research.  Provide a description of the problem and identify what questions need to be answered. Then, briefly outline a plan that includes the action that is proposed to be taken. Briefly identify what type of data would likely result from the proposed action. Describe how you might evaluate and reflect on the data and what action you may consider taking in the next iteration.

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