Moving away from the common/traditional focus on studying organizations from a distance, this highly engaging book introduces the idea of studying them from the inside.
Inside Organizations: Exploring Organizational Experiences guides placement students, and any student undertaking part-time work in an organization, through 'insider inquiry', helping them to develop key reflexive and critical thinking skills for their future careers.
It encourages you to pay attention to what goes on in organizations, to question what you experience and ultimately to make sense of how organizations function, helping you to develop key reflexive and critical thinking skills for your future careers.
This book is ideal for students on programmes with a placement or internship element such as business and management, nursing and health, and education and is especially useful to those doing reflective journals and essays.
David Coghlan is Professor Emeritus and Fellow Emeritus at the Trinity Business School. University of Dublin, of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He specializes in organization development and action research and is active in both communities internationally. He has published over 160 articles and book chapters. His book, Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization (SAGE) has been through four editions with a fifth one in progress. He is co-editor of the SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research (2014). Recent co-authored books include Collaborative Strategic Improvement through Network Action Learning (Edward Elgar, 2011) and Organizational Change and Strategy (2nd ed. Routledge, 2016). He is currently on the editorial boards of: Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Action Research, Action Learning: Research and Practice, Systemic Practice and Action Research, The OD Practitioner among others.
Introduction Chapter 1. Being Inside Organizations Chapter 2. Inquiring from the Inside Chapter 3. Personal Learning in the Workplace Chapter 4. Levels and Interlevel Behaviour Chapter 5. Experiencing the Organizational Underworld Chapter 6. Experiencing Strategic Processes Chapter 7. Experiencing Organizational Learning and Change Conclusions Appendix 1 Keeping a Learning Journal Appendix 2 Writing a Reflective Essay