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Planned Change in a Chinese Company: A Participatory Action Research Approach

Author(s): Debora A. Elam, Kristine Brands

Citation: Debora A. Elam, Kristine Brands, (2013) "Planned Change in a Chinese Company: A Participatory Action Research Approach," Journal of Management Policy and Practice, Vol. 14, Iss. 5, pp. 101 - 112

Article Type: Research paper

Publisher: North American Business Press


Opportunities continue to open up for researchers to partner with organizations around the world to
learn and contribute to the body of knowledge in academia. This paper offers a reflexive view on
participatory action research and the challenges of outsider researchers from the United States working
with Mainland Chinese insider participants to improve and sustain a company’s knowledge on planned
change and organizational development. It documents the process, researchers’ observations, and
importance of having a clear contract with all participants. Despite the possible positive impact on
organizations and research, this paper also reinforces of old lessons regarding trust and cooperation.