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Systemic Practice and Action Research

Systemic Practice and Action Research

Editor: Robert L. Flood

ISSN: 1094-429X (print version)
ISSN: 1573-9295 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11213

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  • Builds an understanding of the complexities of modern society via critical systems thinking and action research
  • Examines the effects of technological advancement, including older technologies that continue to have profound effects on society today
  • Draws upon all forms of investigation and reasoning, including deductionism, empiricism, inductionism, and metaphor

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Systemic Practice and Action Research (SPAR) is dedicated to critical systems thinking and its applications and building an understanding of the complexities of modern society. The journal examines the effects of technological advancement, including older technologies that continue to have profound effects on society today. Furthermore, the journal contributes to a rethinking of science as well as to the reflective application of systemic practice and action research in all types of organizational and social settings.

A forum that fosters new thinking about management and systems research, SPAR also encourages traditional research methods that have remained effective. Contributions therefore draw upon all forms of investigation and reasoning, including deductionism, empiricism, inductionism, and metaphor. Readers will find works of original research, case studies, reflections on experience, and short research notes.

Officially cited as: Syst Pract Action Res

Related subjects » Business & Management - Organization - Human Resource Management - Political Science - Sociology

Impact Factor: 0.754 (2018) * 

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    Systemic Practice and Action Research is dedicated to advancing deeper understandings of issues that confront the contemporary world, and better means for engaging with these issues for the benefit of individuals, organizations, communities and their natural environments. To this end, a fundamental rethink of the purposes and methods of science is needed, making it more systemic and action-orientated. The journal therefore seeks to make a substantial contribution to rethinking science as well as to the reflective application of systemic practice and action research in all types of organizational and social settings. This international journal is committed to nurturing wide-ranging conversations around both qualitative and technical approaches for the betterment of people's lives and ways of working together. It seeks to influence policy and strategy in its advocacy of action research as a primary means to gain vision and leverage in wicked problem areas. All forms of investigation and reasoning are considered potentially suitable for publication, including personal experience. There are no priorities attached to settings for studies and no greater significance given to one methodological style over another - as long as the work demonstrates a reflective and systemic quality.

    The journal welcomes manuscripts that are original, are well written, and contain a vivid argument. Papers normally will demonstrate knowledge of existing literature. Full papers are normally between 5,000 – 10,000 words (although longer papers will not be excluded if the argument justifies the word count) and short papers are about 2,000 words. Notes and letters are welcomed for publication in the 'notes from the field' and 'letters' sections. A rigorous mentoring-based refereeing system is applied in all cases.

    Officially cited as: Syst Pract Action Res
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