Logics, Knowledge and Action Research

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Thomas Hansson
Title: Logics, Knowledge and Action Research
Conference name: 7th International Interdisciplinary Conference Advances in Qualitative Methods. Looking to the Future: Opportunities and Challenges for Qualitative Research
Year: 2006
City: Surfers Paradise, Australia, 13-16 july
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Management (Sektionen för management)
School of Management S- 371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
Language: English
Abstract: “Workplace logics” signify attitudes that employees express in close interaction, formal decision-making and collaborative
interventions. The term covers a metaphorical “mental context” rather than a mathematically coherent understanding of social
control mechanisms that influence interlocutors in cooperative activity. Workplace logics relate to future-oriented
choices that employees make so as to obtain targeted production goals. But logics also hold an explanatory potential. They
enable for the researcher to account for social systems that need to be designed before they are acted on. The objective for
analysing workplace logics is to turn attention away from language and focus on action. Successful action research outcomes
facilitate for individual and organizational learning, the latter of which is rarely fulfilled in contemporary research.
Subject: Education\General