Chapter 8: Collaborative management research: theoretical foundations, mechanisms and practices
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The complex dynamic of organizational change requires re-thinking research orientations, philosophy, design and methods. Collaborative Management Research (CMR), a Mode 2 research orientation that integrates a Mode 1 orientation as the need arises, is advanced in this chapter. True collaboration between outside and inside researcher teams that commit to share goals are at the foundation of the research methods. Following a brief review of the theoretical foundation, this chapter discusses the design and management of insider/outsider research teams and the collaborative mechanisms and processes that guide their actions. It concludes by discussing implications for the research: the challenge of designing and sustaining for balance between rigor and relevance, the role of learning mechanisms that house the insiders and outsiders’ collaborative discovery process and deliberations, and the quality challenges in CMR.

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