Doing Action Research in Your Own Organisation

Welcome to the companion website for the fourth edition of Doing Action Research in Your Own Organisation  by David Coghlan and Teresa Brannick.

This website offers a wide range of teaching and learning resources to support both lecturers and students.

Watch David Coghlan introduce the fourth edition:


David Coghlan introduces the fourth edition and discusses what it means to do insider action research in your own organisation.


Lecturer Resources

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The section of the companion website contains resources which are available free of charge to lecturers who adopt the fourth edition of Doing Action Research in Your Own Organisation.

The following FREE material is available for lecturers:

  • PowerPoint slides to accompany the textbook


Student Resources

  • Chapter introductions from the author
  • Author videos introducing each chapter and explaining key concepts
  • Free access to selected SAGE journal articles
  • Free access to selected chapters from the SAGE Handbook of Action Research
  • Exercises and diagrams from the book
  • Glossary flashcards
  • PowerPoint slides


About the Book

Clear, pragmatic and thought-provoking Doing Action Research in Your Own Organisation is packed full of practical, expert advice on how to navigate the murky waters of ethics, politics and management in your own organization. Multidisciplinary in its approach to action research the book sets out a step-by-step template for researchers to follow and adapt.

Coghlan and Brannick:

  • Introduce and contextualise action research as an approach
  • Explore the challenges of doing action research in your own organization
  • Provide guidance on how to design and implement your insider action research project
  • Show how to lead change in your own organization
  • Demonstrate how your own learning develops through the project
  • Provide helpful tips on how to disseminate your work

The book and its supporting website are the ideal resource for students, researchers and practitioners hoping to generate real change through their action research project and will be particularly relevant to those studying Business and Management, Nursing and Health, Education and Sociology.



David Coghlan's Doing Action Research in Your Own Organisation served as my go-to guide during a year-long research endeavour as part of a taught masters degree. As a novice action researcher, I found each chapter practical, accessible and applicable to my project and thesis. The book's content also gives useful insight into the critical elements of any change management endeavour. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in undertaking action research.

Alex Kelly - student, University College Dublin