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David Coghlan

Professor Emeritus

Room 425
dcoghlan@tcd.ie
01 896 2323


David Coghlan is a Professor Emeritus and Fellow Emeritus at the Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He specializes in organization development and action research and is active in both communities internationally. He has published over 14 books and over 170 journal articles and book chapters.

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David is one of the leading action research authors in the world. He is the author of the best-selling, Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization (Sage), a book that has gone through four editions with a fifth in progress. Other books include: Conducting Action Research for Business and Management Students (Sage, 2018), Inside Organizations (Sage, 2016), Organizational Change and Strategy (Routeledge, 2006, 2016), and The Dynamics of Organizational Levels (1994) in the seminal Addison-Wesley OD series. He is co-editor of The Sage Encyclopedia of Action Research (2014) and of the 4 volume sets Fundamentals of Organization Development (Sage, 2010) and Action Research in Business & Management (Sage, 2016). He serves on the editorial advisory boards of: Journal of Applied Behavioural Science, Action Research, Action Learning: Research and Practice, Systemic Practice and Action Research, The OD Practitioner among others. A profile of his work was included in The Palgrave Handbook of Organizational Change Thinkers (Springer, 2017).

He has won the best action research paper at the Academy of Management, Organization Development and Change Division in 2015 and in 2017 and the Research Methods division in 2007. He conducts faculty and doctoral seminars on action research in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, USA, UK as well as in Ireland.

  • How insiders engage in inquiry in their own systems 
  • Researching in action 
  • Collaborative research philosophy and methods 
  • Interiority in contemporary human science 

 

1. The role of OM EDEN in building the EurOMA community
Coughlan, P., Hargaden, V., Coghlan, D., Idris, A. and Ahlstrom, P. (2018) The role of OM EDEN in building the EurOMA community, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 38(6), pp. 1664-1682

2. Inquiring in the present tense: The dynamic mechanism of action research
Coghlan, D. and Shani, A.B. (Rami) (2017) Inquiring in the present tense: The dynamic mechanism of action research,  Journal of Change Management,  17(2), pp. 121-137

3. Collaborative management research as a modality of action research: Learning from a merger-based study
Canterino, F., Shani, A.B. (Rami), Coghlan, D. and Brunelli, M. (2016) Collaborative management research as a modality of action research: Learning from a merger-based study,  Journal of Applied Behavioural Science,  52(2), pp. 157-186

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Books

  • Conducting Action Research for Business and Management Students (Sage, 2018)
  • Inside Organizations (Sage, 2016)
  • Organizational Change and Strategy (Routeledge, 2016, 2006)
  • Action Research in Business & Management (Sage, 2016)
  • Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization (Sage, 4th ed., 2014, 3rd ed., 2009, 2nd ed., 2005, 1st ed., 2001)
  • The Sage Encyclopedia of Action Research (2014)
  • Collaborative Strategic Improvement through Network Action Learning (Edward Elgar, 2011)
  • The Dynamics of Organizational Levels (Addison-Wesley, 1994)

1. How might we learn about the philosophy of ODC research from 24 volumes of ROCD? An invitation to interiority
Shani, A.B. (Rami) and Noumair, D. (eds.) (2017) Research in Organizational Change and Development, Emerald: Bingley, Volume 25, pp. 335-361

2. Insight and reflection as key to collaborative engagement
Bartunek, J.M. and McKenzie, J. (eds.) (2017) Academic Practitioner Research Partnerships: Developments, Complexities and Opportunities, Routeledge: Abingdon, pp. 36-49

3. Edgar H. Schein: The scholar practitioner as a clinical researcher
Szabla, D., Pasmore, A., Barnes, M. and Gipson, A. (eds.) (2017) The Palgrave Handbook of Organizational Change Thinkers, Springer, pp. 1147-1158

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