© 1976

Experimenting with Organizational Life

The Action Research Approach


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Alfred W. Clark
      Pages 1-7
  3. Broad Context of Action Reseach

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Frederick E. Emery
      Pages 11-18
    3. Nevitt Sanford
      Pages 19-32
    4. Albert B. Cherns, Peter A. Clark, William I. Jenkins
      Pages 33-42
    5. Eric L. Trist
      Pages 43-57
    6. Einar Thorsrud
      Pages 77-89
    7. Gurth W. Higgin
      Pages 91-100
  4. Internal Processes of Action Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Stanley E. Seashore
      Pages 103-117
    3. Louis E. Davis, Ernst S. Valfer
      Pages 135-149
    4. Alfred W. Clark
      Pages 151-165
    5. Richard A. Goodman, Alfred W. Clark
      Pages 167-182
    6. Richard I. Drake, John T. Griffiths
      Pages 183-195
    7. Michael D. Bolger, Alfred W. Clark, P. Michael Foster
      Pages 197-208
    8. Eric L. Trist
      Pages 223-236

About this book


The notion of preparing Experimenting with Organizational Life developed among members of the Human Resources Centre at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. It arose from their concern that the learning from field en­ gagements should be reported and passed on systematically. A series of internal seminars was started, and Robert Rapoport made a presentation on behalf of the group to a conference arranged by the United Kingdom Social Science Research Council in 1970. At first it was intended that only work directly connected with the Tavistock Institute should be included. Gradually it became apparent that the book would be strengthened by drawing on the work of people outside the Institute. In editing the contributions, I am especially indebted to my colleague P. Michael Foster, convener of the Human Resources Centre, for his unwavering support. I would also like to thank the authors and all those who contributed their ideas and thoughts. In the drive to unify the book they have cheerfully en­ dured my editorial changes. Hidden contributors to the book are members of the various client systems who granted privileged access to information and settings. Special thanks are due to Nicola Lacy Scott who has acted as subeditor, encour­ aging me when my spirits dropped and pressing for clarity of ideas and expres­ sion. The secretarial burden was ably carried by Pamela Rant.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Tavistock InstituteUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Experimenting with Organizational Life
  • Book Subtitle The Action Research Approach
  • Editors Alfred W. Clark
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1976
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-30879-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4613-4264-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4613-4262-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 260
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Personality and Social Psychology
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