Systemic Practice and Action Research

, Volume 15, Issue 6, pp 485–507

Action Learning as a Mindset—The Evolution of PICCO

  • John Stephens
  • Tim Haslett


This paper investigates action learning as a “maintenance of mindset.” It is an account of a personal evolution from a 4-year work in progress Action Research (AR) study exploring organizational viability. That study, involving two separate organizations and four cycles of AR, has seen the researcher and to some extent the organizations develop action-learning mindsets. The paper is an attempt to step outside the study and its associated learning from an organizational perspective and to link the threads of learning from the mindset of an action researcher. The paper suggests that adopting the mindset of an action researcher favors the transfer of learning from one organizational situation to another. Advocating that action researchers do not restart their initial methodologies, it is contended that the second organization has gained advantage of learning from the first. It is concluded that action learning mindsets articulate cumulative wisdom from organizational and methodological perspectives.

action research systems thinking Checkland's SSM Beer's VSD organizational change 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Stephens
    • 1
  • Tim Haslett
    • 2
  1. 1.Greyhound RacingVictoriaAustralia
  2. 2.Department of ManagementMonash UniversityCaulfieldAustralia

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