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Systemic action researchA strategy for whole system change$
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Danny Burns

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347381

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347381.001.0001

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A systemic perspective

A systemic perspective

(p.20) (p.21) Two A systemic perspective
Systemic action research

Danny Burns

Policy Press

This chapter does not intend to conduct a comprehensive analysis of all the different variants of systems theory and apply the favoured approach to action research; rather, this chapter introduces systemic thinking and offers a way of engaging with complexity that can work with paradox, uncertainty, and non-linear causality. The chapter illustrates through stories and intervention scenarios some of the limitations of analytical frameworks and strategies that do not engage with complex systematic interrelationships.

Keywords:   systems theory, action research, systemic thinking, paradox, uncertainty, non-linear causality, analytical frameworks, analytical strategies, complex systematic interrelationships

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