Vocabulary of agency: development and assessment of a generic conceptual framework to guide action-oriented research in multiple domains

Dash, D. P. (1999) Vocabulary of agency: development and assessment of a generic conceptual framework to guide action-oriented research in multiple domains. PhD thesis, University of Lincolnshire and Humberside.

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Abstract

The study has produced a generic conceptual framework for action-oriented research to guide such research in multiple domains of application. The conceptual framework has been expressed in terms of the "vocabulary of agency." It contains the notions of agency, enhancing agency, resource, roles, mobility, form of interaction, agency-enhancing device, local learning, global learning, operational coupling, etc. The conceptual framework has been subjected to a multi-stage process of assessment. The assessment shows that the conceptual framework has a certain generality in addressing a whole range of issues being discussed in management systems thinking and action research fields. Besides, the framework also seems capable of functioning as an effective guide in designing and conducting action-oriented research projects in several domains of application. The framework is expected to facilitate transfer of insights from research fields which investigate complex, interactive, and collective phenomena. It is also expected to guide action-oriented research in the direction of increasing the general capacity to bring forth new and useful resources in multiple domains.

Keywords:Management studies, Management systems, Action research, Systems thinking, Research utilisation, Agency, Agency-enhancing device, Action research in India, Reflective practice, Research practice
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
N Business and Administrative studies > N290 Management studies not elsewhere classified
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:31384
Deposited On:19 Mar 2018 08:41

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