Politics versus Learning?
Peter Checkland (1981) has claimed that the literary references used as keynotes to his work are of primary importance, a communications device to enhance the understanding of the reader. Mindful of this, and the claim in Habermas (1972) that every experience of cognitive significance is poetic, it seems appropriate to follow the example. The key to the action research work detailed here, is the belief that trying to understand a situation, and communicating that understanding might help others, while appreciating the anxieties and fears of those involved in the situation. The quotation, which seems most apt, almost a frame of reference for the ‘action researcher’, is borrowed from Flood & Jackson (1991), where it is used as an introduction to Total Systems Intervention (TSI).
KeywordsOrganizational Politics Soft System Methodology Cognitive Significance United Kingdom Introduction Management Support System
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