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RSM Seminar | Prof Robert Davison

RSM Seminar | Prof Robert Davison

Action Research: Ethics and Participation

Action Research (AR) is a family of methods that require researchers to intervene in problematic situations in order to ameliorate circumstances for a variety of stakeholders. A key element in several of the AR methods is the collaboration that is expected to take place between researchers and their clients. Such collaboration requires active participation, yet this is often hard to secure. While clients may prefer to rely on researchers to do the work, researchers themselves may be more interested in the immediate benefits associated with publication of their research and less interested in the longer term participation that the client may expect. Differences in expectations with regard to participation lead to ethical conundrums that merit more careful reflection. In this seminar, I explore the linked issues of participation and ethics from the perspective of a researcher who actively applies and writes on AR. I will illustrate the ideas with examples from my own work.

Robert Davison is a Professor of Information Systems at the City University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on the use and misuse of information systems, especially with respect to problem solving, guanxi formation and knowledge management, in Chinese organisations. He has published over 200 articles in a variety of journals. Robert chairs the IFIP WG 9.4 (Social Implications of Computing in Developing Countries) and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Information Systems Journal and the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries. As a researcher and as an editor, he seeks to promote both an inclusive and a local perspective to research. Home Page: http://www.is.cityu.edu.hk/staff/isrobert.

Suggested reading:

Davison, R.M., Martinsons, M.G. and Ou, C.X.J. (2012) The Roles of Theory in Canonical Action Research, Management Information Systems Quarterly 36, 3, 763-786.

Davison, R.M., Martinsons, M.G. and Kock, N. (2004) Principles of Canonical Action Research, Information Systems Journal 14, 1, 65-86.

The seminar will also draw on ideas and experiences published in:

Wong, L.H.M. and Davison, R.M. (2018) Knowledge Sharing in a Global Logistics Provider: An Action Research Project, Information & Management 55, 5, 547-557.

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