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AR 601 Action Research Methodologies and Approaches 3 Credits
It is important for students to understand the history, or histories, of AR, and to be aware of the many current varieties of AR. There is an international community, with a tradition of dialogue and debate. This core course will include contributions from leading researchers, and an underpinning from the literature. From the start, students will write reflection papers on their own practice, and locate themselves in the various traditions, including: Participatory AR; Socio-Technical Systems Thinking; Scandinavian (Dialogical) AR; Southern (Emancipatory) AR; Collaborative Inquiry; Appreciative Inquiry; Educational AR. For each, the course will consider cases and core literature. Students will interact directly with course faculty, as the Sabanci AR culture develops through the Transformation Project.
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Fall 2020-2021 Action Research Methodologies and Approaches 3
Spring 2019-2020 Action Research Methodologies and Approaches 3
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ECTS Credit: 12 ECTS (12 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
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AR 602 Philosophy of Science and Action Research 3 Credits
The course uses insights from Aristotle on ways of knowing (empeiria, praxis, poíêsis, khrêsis etc) and ways of speaking/writing (dialogue, rhetoric, didactics, phronesis, tekhne etc) and more, not merely as our curious historical predecessors, but as important distinctions in analyzing the modern / postmodern situation for knowledge production and the institutionalization of knowledge production (knowledge management regimes). The different forms of Action Research and conventional research are analyzed accordingly, showing that our modern / postmodern predicament needs several different forms of AR (collaborative, practitioner, organizational learning, symbiotic learning etc) but especially a form of immanent critique which unites conventional research, apprenticeship learning, critical theory, praxis-research, and Action Research
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Fall 2020-2021 Philosophy of Science and Action Research 3
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ECTS Credit: 12 ECTS (12 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
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AR 603 The Practice(s) of Action Research: 3 Credits
A contemporary stakeholder approach to participative change. After a brief grounding in pragmatic worldview, this course emphasizes an experiential approach. Through the use of articles, books, cases, video and live-interviews with senior action researchers, students will become familiar with a selection of contemporary approaches of action research, selecting one for a deeper application to enrich their own field projects.The student is successful in this course when they link their personal leadership development to their learning edge within their own field project. Students may expect to leave with a better understanding of herself (himself) as an agent of change, more awareness of the variety of action research practices, as well as more understanding and experience with a "participative learning" oriented approach to stakeholder engagement. Students may expect support with "just in time" peer coaching.
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Fall 2020-2021 The Practice(s) of Action Research: 3
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ECTS Credit: 12 ECTS (12 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
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AR 604 Context and Transformation 3 Credits
The course explores transformation, covering theoretical perspectives that examine organizational, social, economic and political contexts. We construct an interdisciplinary framework, drawing from social theory, organization theory, political theory, political economy, and moral philosophy. Our primary objective is to learn the paradigms of structure and agency. We focus on functionalist, interactionist, conflict, and critical theory, and explore how we may use each of these paradigms in particular case studies. We consider power, and how it influences transformation processes, as both a constraint and facilitator. We problematize and differentiate macro and micro contexts. We study contemporary global and local issues that business executives and other organizational leaders, as change agents, face in their professional contexts and everyday life. We examine managing disruptions in international trade and international finance; interstate conflicts regarding global governance; social, economic and political concerns about governmental policies on problems such as unemployment, social and gender inequality, environmental sustainability, climate change, and rapid and never-ending technological change towards robotics and Artificial Intelligence; and growing social demand for corporate social responsibility and ethical conduct from business executives. Students are required to work on a live transformation process, through teaming up with local organizations or joining in an ongoing project in their organizations.
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Spring 2020-2021 Context and Transformation 3
Spring 2019-2020 Context and Transformation 3
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ECTS Credit: 12 ECTS (12 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
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AR 605 The Social Ecology and Socio-Technical Systems Design 3 Credits
This course focuses on the Open System Theory/Thinking (OST) originally associated with researchers at the Tavistock Institute, and its long tradition of Action Research. OST, also called Social Scology, is a distinctive school in management and organization studies developed over the past 60 years, with Action Research at its core. The course discusses its origins and history, recent developments, distinctive conceptual and intervention principles, and practical applications using Action Research method. OST’s 3 levels of analysis and intervention: socio- psychological, socio-technical and socio-ecological, will be examined in detail. The course situates OST in relation to other schools in management and organization studies, and to other approaches to Action Research. Illustrative topics Origins and history; recent developments: connections to strategy, dynamic capabilities and design thinking; pioneers and recent/current practitioners; Intervention principles and modalities; levels of analysis and intervention: socio-psychological, socio-technical, socio- ecological; workplace interventions: factory, office, digital/virtual, transorganizational settings; domain-based, ecological and other large-scale interventions: community, regional, interest group settings.
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ECTS Credit: 12 ECTS (12 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
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AR 606 Systems Thinking 3 Credits
This course introduces PhD students to a range of transdisciplinary systems methodologies that have been used in an Action Research mode to address complex organisational, social and environmental issues. Systems methodologies are particularly useful when there is a need to appreciate the ‘bigger picture’ rather than focus down on just one part of the issue and an introduction to cutting-edge research on theories and frameworks for exploring problem situations and mixing methods The aims of the module are to provide students with: (1) An overview of representative systems methodologies, their different paradigmatic assumptions and the systems thinking skills that they emphasise; (2) An understanding of their main purposes, strengths and weaknesses in the context of Action Research projects; (3) Experience of planning and engaging an intervention within their Project.
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Spring 2020-2021 Systems Thinking 3
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ECTS Credit: 12 ECTS (12 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
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AR 607 Facilitating Action Research Interventions 3 Credits
Action research invariably involves gathering groups of participants to engage their perspectives and invite their collaboration. This requires some skill on the part of the action researcher in facilitating meetings, workshops and other participative processes. In this course we shall examine the art and theory of facilitation, locating it in the organizational history of interventions. We shall find inspiration in the organizational planning methodology Appreciative Inquiry and draw on insights about autonomy and intrinsic motivation articulated within Positive Psychology. Exercises in facilitation will be conducted in class, using the real challenges that students face in their respective organizations. Students should take away from this course some experience with the very proactive role of the action-research facilitator.
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ECTS Credit: 12 ECTS (12 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
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AR 608 Insider Action Research 3 Credits
The phenomenon of doing Action Research in one’s own organization has become established as an important way of understanding and changing organizations. When complete members of an organization seek to inquire into the working of their own organizational or community system in order to change something in it and generate actionable knowledge, they can be understood as undertaking Insider Action Research. Complete membership is contrasted with those who enter a system temporarily for the sake of conducting research. It may be defined in terms of wanting to remain a member within a desired career path when the research is completed. Insider Action Research offers a unique perspective on systems, precisely because it is from the inside. The context of Insider Action Research is the strategic and operational setting that organizational members confront in their working lives. Issues of organizational concern, such as systems improvement, organizational learning, the management of change and so on are suitable subjects for Insider Action Research, since (a) they are real events which must be managed in real time, (b) they provide opportunities for both effective action and learning, and (c) they can contribute to the development of theory of what really goes on in organizations. The course explores the challenges faced by Insider Action Researchers this course introduces and explores being a scholar-practitioner-researcher in one’s own organizational system.
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Fall 2020-2021 Insider Action Research 3
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ECTS Credit: 12 ECTS (12 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
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AR 609 Organizational Learning and Action Research 3 Credits
This course examines how individual and organizational learning lead to knowledge creation as well as examining the processes and structures for forming learning organizations. A theory of action, action science, and action learning perspectives will be provided so that students understand, appreciate and engage in the constructive and action to remove the inhibitors and to embrace facilitators. The course will start with the neural aspects of individual learning, i.e.,how humans learn and make decisions based on their learnings and vice versa; that is to say, how they learn as they make decisions and/or act. The role of exploitation and exploration in learning will also be covered at this part. Laws of thermodynamics and evolution, biases associated with human decision- making, evidence from neuroscience, techniques and methodologies developed by operations research and decision sciences are all going to provide a comprehensive framework to understand why utilizing both of them (i.e., exploitation and exploration) hand in hand, is the key for resilience, agility, flexibility, individual happiness and in a sense success. The course operates at several levels: taking account of the extensive literature on organizational and action learning, supporting the individual action research projects of the students, and reflecting on the experience of the Transformation Project, which operates over the four years of the program.
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ECTS Credit: 12 ECTS (12 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
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AR 610 Gender, Diversity and Action Research 3 Credits
Gender cuts across all aspects of inequality and lies at the center of current debates around sustainable development. The course enables participants to recognize the linkages between gender and sustainability and specifically the role of gender diversity in transforming the role of business in society. The course explores gender both from a diversity perspective and from a feminist ethics perspective in relation to the quality of business decision making, ethical conduct as well as the broader implications of gender diversity and equality for the society at large. The course positions companies as transformational agents in changing the way the business is run, products and services are developed, human capital is managed, and the business objectives are set through empowering women and embracing diversity. The course will provide instruction on feminist pedagogies in action, specifically feminist Participatory Action Research, and present theoretical and empirical perspectives on the dialogue use across difference, and in identifying and dealing with resistance. The course also explores actor networks and enabling initiatives around the world as instruments available for business transformation. The course will also allow students to study and/or take part in initiatives for social change towards gender equality in the intersection of business, civil society and education at different levels.
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ECTS Credit: 12 ECTS (12 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
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AR 611 Sustainability Transition and Action Research 3 Credits
The purpose of the course is to understand how business transition to sustainable development can be guided and accelerated with action oriented, interdisciplinary and applied approaches. The course takes a critical perspective on business as usual by exploring the intersections between sustainable development agenda, markets and business organisations from a multi stakeholder-multi actor perspective. Topics covered include the reconceptualization of the purpose of the firm and its implications for governance, the transformation of financial markets and transformative networks as change agents. The course uses problem-based learning (have students discuss different perspectives on complex real-life issues and dive into different literatures to formulate critical analysis, hypotheses and ideas for change) with experimental learning-by-doing (co-creating solutions, testing and refining and evaluating).
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Spring 2020-2021 Sustainability Transition and Action Research 3
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ECTS Credit: 12 ECTS (12 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
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AR 612 Business Ethics and Action Research 3 Credits
The course provides a practical framework for using ethics as an instrument to address dilemmas actors face in the conduct of business. The course analyses current ethical issues, conflicts and dilemmas that emerge in the interactions between companies and their political, social and physical environment, with a focus on developing capabilities for moral framing for mobilising actors for action. During the course the students explore critical perspectives on legal and ethical conduct, discuss real world complex ethical issues such as negative externalities, unconscious discrimination, unfair-competition, gender, animal welfare, misleading disclosures, nationalism, privacy and human capital management using sustainability as an overarching ethical framework. Positioning the business organisation as a medium through which human rights are exercised, students develop in- depth intellectual capabilities for a moral inquiry and mobilising actors for ethical conduct
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ECTS Credit: 12 ECTS (12 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
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AR 613 Workplace Innovation 3 Credits
This course addresses the workplace as a context for innovation, which may be driven by employees, and related to aspects of the work environment, work organisation, partnership and learning. The work builds on strong research foundations, including evidence of effects of Workplace Innovation on organizational performance and job quality. Lessons are learned from national and European programs. There is a central facilitating and enabling role for Action Research, which is supported by collaboration, networking and learning from differences. Students will be linked to company projects, and to the European Workplace Innovation Network (EUWIN), which is active in 30 countries, and associated with programmes supported by the European Commission.
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ECTS Credit: 12 ECTS (12 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
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AR 614 Research Methods 3 Credits
From the perspective of Action Research, the course considers a range of Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, equipping students to conduct their individual research and to understand scholarship from other traditions. Action Research can be understood as a goal oriented meta-method utilizing any and all other methodologies to acquire learning relevant to the objectives at hand. As such, expertise in Action Research requires an understanding of the broad range of methodologies used to learn and appreciation of their strengths and limitations. In this course, we introduce key concepts of epistemology and provide an overview of the principal methodologies employed in management and organization studies , including case studies, interviews, observation, ethnography, quasi- and natural experiments, and survey research.
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ECTS Credit: 12 ECTS (12 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
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AR 615 Educational Action Research 3 Credits
This course addresses the long tradition of reflective practice in education, which affects the work of individual professionals, and provides evalution of innovative activities, for example involving new technologies and race relations in the classroom. This is a growing research field internationally. The course will demostrate the power of action research as a methodology that is very practical in educational settings in transforming organizations. Structural, strategic, individual and personal dimensions of action research projects will be illuminated within a perspective of building a community of practice to transform the educational organizations.
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ECTS Credit: 12 ECTS (12 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
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AR 616 Futures and Foresight 3 Credits
This module covers a range of conceptual and methodological approaches to futures and foresight. Broadly speaking, there are three types of question we can ask ourselves about the future: What do we think is likely to happen? What do we want (or not want) to have happen? What could possibly happen - whether we like it or not, and irrespective of likelihood - and if it happened it could potentially be important to the success or failure of our endeavours? These three question types map loosely onto projective, normative and exploratory approaches to futures and foresight. Within the projective category we cover horizon scanning, trends analysis and quantitative modelling. Within the normative category we cover a range of approaches to visioning, associated mapping of values, priorities and goals, as well as back-casting. Within the exploratory category we cover a range of techniques for exploratory scenario development, both inductive and deductive approaches, the two-axes approach, cross impact analysis, morphological analysis, and field anomaly relaxation. The 3 Horizons approach, which can be used in multiple ways to delve into all 3 types of questions is also explored. We also cover a range of participatory techniques that are useful across these three spheres including the Delphi Technique, causal loop diagrams, influence diagrams, fuzzy cognitive maps and participatory development of system dynamics models.
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ECTS Credit: 12 ECTS (12 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
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AR 617 Special Topics in Management I 3 Credits
This course will be based on the analysis of contemporary issues, problems and changing paradigms in the world of transformations. It will focus on the selected topics in the process and transformation of management knowledge in the dynamic business environment. Some examples to selected topics are digital transformation, creativity, innovation, agile enterprise and teaming, holocracy, mindfulness, regional development, the university of the future and global action networks
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Spring 2020-2021 Special Topics in Management I 3
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ECTS Credit: 12 ECTS (12 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
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