Systemic Practice and Action Research

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 155–171 | Cite as

Living Life as Inquiry

  • Judi Marshall


In this paper I explain what I mean by living life as inquiry, showing how I apply notions of inquiry as method to many areas of my professional and personal activities and how research ideas are generated and tested throughout my life space. The paper has twin tracks which reflect the interwoven processes I am describing and advocating. One is more practice based; in it I outline some of my inquiry practices and dilemmas, and give two examples from my work situation. The second track is more focused on theory, highlighting ideas about systemic analysis, influencing change, relational work, and gender. Writing the paper became an example of my topic. I therefore note features of the text which illustrate processes and practices of inquiry.

action inquiry gender organizational change systemic analysis 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Judi Marshall
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  1. 1.Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice, School of ManagementUniversity of Bath, BathUK

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