1st Edition

Universities, Stakeholders and Social Mission Building Cooperation Through Action Research

    214 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    214 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Today's universities are confronted with questions about the increasing scale of corporatisation and commercialisation, as well as their decreasing activity in the field of the social mission, i.e., engagement in the real problems of ordinary people, local communities and society at large. As a remedy for this problem, this book proposes using action research as a means of shaping collaboration between universities and their stakeholders, taking into account related benefits, opportunities and challenges. In this context, we understand action research somewhat more broadly, as universities’ conducting useful research that becomes a domain of their social mission. The core message of this volume is the development of a cooperation process in which the university leaves its "ivory tower," builds relationships with its stakeholders and, as a result, engages more effectively in social life.

    In this book, readers will find an original perspective on action research, the application of which enables mutual benefits for universities and their stakeholders. It presents the authors’ original model of cooperation based on the AR approach and concrete examples of successful cooperation between universities and their stakeholders. Step by step, it illustrates how to initiate cooperation, conduct useful scientific research and together with stakeholders bring about changes in social life. This book will be of value to university managers, academics, students of social, management and economic sciences, as well as managers and specialists employed in organisations from various sectors that may be interested in cooperation with universities.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

    1. Cooperation between universities and their stakeholders
    2. The essence of action research
    3. Action research in processes of cooperation between universities and their stakeholders
    4. Conditions and benefits of, as well as barriers to, the use of action research
    5. Case Studies for the Project “Research for Practice. The Use of Implementation Master's Theses Based on Action Research for the Development of Organisations”
    6. Conclusions and Recommendations


    Ewa Bogacz-Wojtanowska is a Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Management and Social Communication at Jagiellonian University, and Head of the Department of Non-Governmental Organizations Management Poland.

    Piotr Jedynak is a Professor, Deputy Rector for Personnel and Financial Policy, and Head of the Department of Management Systems at Jagiellonian University, Poland.

    Sylwia Wrona is Research and Teaching Assistant at the Institute of Public Affairs of Jagiellonian University, Poland.

    Anna Pluszyńska is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Culture of Jagiellonian University, Poland.