Synergic Inquiry: A Collaborative Action Methodology

Synergic Inquiry: A Collaborative Action Methodology

By: Yongming Tang (author), Charles Joiner (author)Hardback

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`The publication of Synergic Inquiry is both timely and important. It is a refreshing attempt to forge behavioral theory and praxis to expand human capacities for problem-solving' - Tomoko Hamada, College of William & Mary This book introduces synergic inquiry, which is a particular take on action research. Synergic inquiry is distinguished from other collaborative methodologies in its process orientation, which seeks first to differentiate and only them to integrate. This way, issues which are considered to be impediments to understanding cultural differences, examples of hierarchical thinking, etc. are treated as an organic part of the solution. In this text, the authors stress a strong theory/practice mix.

About Author

Yongming Tang, a pioneer of the SI methodology, is the founder of the Global Synergy Network, an organization working toward global transformation. Dr. Tang is also the founder and director of the California Institute of Integral Studies Synergy Project, which conducts synergy action research in a number of countries. Dr. Tang teaches courses on transformative learning at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Charles W. Joiner, Jr. has extensive experience in the commercial, organizational world, in which he has served as President and General Manager of major divisions of large enterprizes. Seeking to move beyond the limits of the current organizational and economic paradigm, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Transformational Learning at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He has participated in or been a co-leader of four cultural synergy projects. His current interests involve discovering how to live synergistically and how to support the development of a new form of organization called social business. He has published two books and a number of articles.


Foreword - Dean Elias Preface Introduction The SI Methodology and Its Theoretical Foundation Overview of Synergic Inquiry The Synergic Universe Si, Paradigms, and Other Methodologies Si Practices Practicing Synergic Inquiry Geisha and Cowboy: Synergizing Inner Lifer Differences Through the Mythic Realm - Joanne Gozawa Husband and Wife Synergizing - Venus Bobis Jendresen and Eric Bobis Synergizing the Mother-Daughter Relationship - Lien Cao Developing a Community Through Synergic Envisioning - Elisa Sabatini Using SI to Resolve a Group Conflict - Lien Cao Synergic Inquiry in Action: The Expansion of Racial Consciousness - Carole Barlas, Angela Cherry-Smith, Penny Rosenwasser, and Colette Winlock Gender Synergy: Using SI to Work with Gender Differences - Yongming Tang, David Goff, Anna Gatmon, Marianne Murray, Vickie Zhang, and George Kich Teaching SI in a High School Setting - Roma Hammel Synergizing Cultural Differences for Improving Organizational Performance: A Case Study of Synergic Inquiry in China - Charles Joiner, Yongming Tang, and Yifu Yin Synergic Inquiry and Organizational Transformation: A Case Study of SI Application to a US Organization Working in Mexico - Charles Joiner, Susan Cannon, and Karen O'Neill Reflections and Implications

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780761912088
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 280
  • ID: 9780761912088
  • weight: 480
  • ISBN10: 0761912088

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