Review: David Coghlan & Teresa Brannick (2001). Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization


  • John E. Glass University of North Texas



action research, reflectivity, organizations, qualitative methodology


This text provides the philosophic, conceptual, and pragmatic orientation for conducting action research within one's organization. Beginning with a review of the origins of action research, the authors detail the methodology and its relevance to organizational growth and progress. The text is divided into two main sections. The first provides the theoretical foundations for the use of action research within an organizational setting. The second section furnishes an in-depth discussion of the implementation process including potential pitfalls and challenges. Although one can glean all that is necessary to implement such an endeavor from the text, this would not be an approach for a first-time researcher to undertake without comprehensive assistance from a more seasoned researcher. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0204446


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Author Biography

John E. Glass, University of North Texas

John E. GLASS is an Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the University of North Texas and the Director of Program Evaluation at The Family Place in Dallas, Texas, USA. He is an applied sociological practitioner with over 10 years experience in the fields of substance abuse, program evaluation, family violence and counseling. In a previous issue of FQS John GLASS reviewed Action Research for Gender Equity (




How to Cite

Glass, J. E. (2002). Review: David Coghlan & Teresa Brannick (2001). Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 3(4).



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