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Reflections on a failed action learning intervention.

Oliver, J. J., 2008. Reflections on a failed action learning intervention. Action Learning: Research and Practice, 5 (1), 79-83.

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DOI: 10.1080/14767330701880275


This paper reflects on the failure of a recent action learning intervention with a UK television company. The aim of the project was to gain insight into the reasons why the viewing figures of their factual programming channels were in decline and to develop a new strategy enabled by the action learning methodology. Unfortunately, this intervention was not successful and resulted in the project being cancelled after only one set meeting. The purpose of this paper is to reflect on the reasons for this failure and to share my thoughts with others in the action learning community. The paper concludes that the reasons for this failed intervention were due to; my presence being considered by some set members as a threat to their credibility; a resistance to engage in the process of assumption breaking and reflective practice; and due to the perceived time it takes to apply the action learning methodology.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Action learning, intervention, strategy making
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:4901
Deposited By: Dr John J. Oliver
Deposited On:21 Feb 2008 17:45
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:12


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