Chapter Summary

Chapter 9 explores an important challenge in insider action research. What’s critical to being an insider action researcher is that you build on the closeness you have with the setting where you know people and what goes on, while, at the same time create distance from it in order to see things critically and enable change to happen. This is referred to as preunderstanding.

You have to hold dual roles, your organizational member role(s) and the action researcher role, and the consequent ambiguities and conflicts between these that may arise.You may need to balance the potential dilemmas and tugs between your established organizational roles and your researcher role.