03/28/2014 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)
Friday, Mar 28 - 8:30-10:30 AM (near Streets at Southpoint mall in Durham)
Is Action Research Old School OD?
How does this venerable framework hold up in the age of emergent change? Across cultures?  If OD is shifting from a diagnostic to a dialogic model, is action research still relevant?

Veteran  Triangle OD practitioner, David Kiel, now UNC Leadership Coordinator in the Center for Faculty Excellence, surveyed recent literature on OD for his forthcoming chapter in the forthcoming edition of the NTL OD Handbook. He talks bout how the framework of ACTION RESEARCH evolved as the backbone of OD practice in the 1960's and 1970's only to be stretched severely in the digital age of global OD, and now has assumed new shapes as OD itself morphs from diagnostic to dialogic approaches.

Through a combination of  presentation, discussion, audience involvement, Q& A and small group work Participants will get
  • Get a review of action research concepts and applications
  • An outline of the history of OD and its connection to the concept of action research
  • A discussion of how diagnostic and dialogic approaches to OD share commonalities and are clearly different in concept
  • A survey of techniques utilized in the new OD, and a framework for the new action research
For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour  or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-493-5424).

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