Action Research Projects: one step ahead in the researcher-practitioner relationships




Research methods, action research projects, researchers-practitioners relationships


This study pretends to highlight the usefulness of developing action research (AR) projects as a way to develop a set of integrated studies based on a dual contribution: academic and managerial ones. The concept of AR Project goes one step ahead in terms of AR methodology as an extended case study. We describe an specific AR Project associated to a doctoral theses in the field of innovation intermediation. As main results, we have learned from this experience that (1) the relationship between researchers and practitioners must be collaborative and based on trust and commitment, (2) an AR Project is broader and more complex than a case study, (3) the diffusion of research results must be differentiated for practitioners and academics, and finally, (4) the AR Project is an open and collaborative innovation practice.


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Author Biographies

Andres Mejia-Villa, University of La Sabana (Colombia) / University of Navarra (Spain)

Professor, International School of Economics & Administrative Sciences (EICEA), University of La Sabana (Colombia)

PhD student, School of Economics and Business, University of Navarra (Spain)

José Antonio Alfaro-Tanco, Universidad de Navarra

Aggregate Professor, School of Economics and Business, University of Navarra (Spain)


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How to Cite

Mejia-Villa, A., & Alfaro-Tanco, J. A. (2017). Action Research Projects: one step ahead in the researcher-practitioner relationships. WPOM-Working Papers on Operations Management, 8, 191–203.




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