Action research strategies at the “third place”
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Original versionJohnsen, H. C. G., Knudsen, J. P., & Normann, R. (2014). Action research strategies at the “third place”. International Journal of Action Research, 10(2), 235-256. doi: 10.1688/IJAR-2014-02-Johnsen 10.1688/IJAR-2014-02-Johnsen
This article discusses action research strategies in regional development. It argues that regional settings are complex, and conceptualises this as the “third place”. This complexity implies a democratic challenge. Furthermore, using regional leadership as a case, it argues that in order to approach this as action researchers, one needs to discuss the assumptions the research is based on. The article discusses two action research approaches: the socio-technical approach and the democratic dialogue approach, and argues that in the complex setting of the “third place”, and at a pragmatic level, one might use insights from the two approaches. The argument for this is that regional development in practical terms both implies functional and structural challenges, but is also a matter of meaning construction. We discuss this as sequential governance.
Published version of an article in the journal: International Journal of Action Research. Also available from the publisher at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1688/IJAR-2014-02-Johnsen