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Research Oriented Readings

Argyris, Chris. Double-Loop Learning, Teaching, and Research,” published in the December 2002 issue of the journal Learning and Education.

Argyris, Chris, Robert Putnam, and Diana McLain Smith. Action Science:  Concepts, Methods, and Skills for Research and Intervention.  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass, 1985.

Edmondson, Amy, and Diana McLain Smith.  “Too Hot To Handle? How To Manage Relationship Conflict.”  California Management Review, Fall 2006.  Edmondson and Smith reassess the traditional advice that management teams should discuss their differences on substantive issues but avoid relationship conflict. They point out that task and relationship conflict often cannot be kept separate because disagreements on substantive matters trigger attributions about motives. Using case examples, they describe practices for building team resilience by engaging relationship conflict directly.

Putnam, Robert. “Recipes and Reflective Learning:  What Would Prevent You From Saying It That Way?”  In Donald Schön, ed., The Reflective Turn.  New York:  Teachers College Press, 1991.

Putnam, Robert.  “Transforming Social Practice:  An Action Science Perspective.”  Management Learning 30(2), June 1999, pp. 177-187.

Putnam, Robert.  “Action Science.”  In Thorpe, Richard, and Robin Holt (eds.).  The Sage Dictionary of Qualitative Management Research.  Los Angeles:  Sage Publications, 2008.

Rudolph, J. W., Taylor, S.S., & Foldy, E.


Collaborative Off-Line Reflection: A Way to Develop Skill in Action Science and Action Inquiry.”  In Handbook of Action Research, pp. 405-412, Sage Publications, 2001. Reproduced by permission of Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, London and New Delhi.

Schmidt, Conrad.  “Integrating theory and practice in industrial and organisational psychological assessment : a meta-praxis perspective.”  Thesis completed at University of Johannesburg, 2006.

Smith, Diana McLain. “Keeping a Strategic Dialogue Moving.”

Smith, Diana McLain.  Divide or Conquer:  How Great Teams Turn Conflict into Strength. New York:  Portfolio Penguin Group, 2008

Smith, Diana McLain.  The Elephant in the Room:  How Relationships Make or Break the Success of Leaders and Organizations  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass, 2011