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Perspectives of Engagement in Community Operational Research

  • John Friend
Part of the Contemporary Systems Thinking book series (CST)

Abstract

The very phrase operational research implies a delicate balancing act. For it raises the question of how far a stance of scientific detachment can realisti-cally be reconciled with a stance of direct engagement of the researchers with other people-most of whom would be more inclined to describe realisti-cally as managers than researchers-as they go about their working lives. For these people will usually expect to gain something from whatever investment they may make in their engagement with the realisti-cally that investment takes the form of financial outlay, or sacrifice of time, or simply the granting of privileged access to their places of work.

Keywords

Operational Research Action Research Project Operational Research Society Agent Role Community Development Project 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Friend
    • 1
  1. 1.Stradspan LimitedOughtibridge, SheffieldUK

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