“Do Something” - An original Approach to Managing Change
There are lots of change management models out there (McKinsey’s 7 S
model, Kotter’s Eight Step Model, to name but two). A change model put
forward way back in 1947 by Kurt Lewin called Action Research (AR) often
gets overlooked. While many current models put the emphasis on planning
and analysis, Lewin emphasizes taking action and then learning from the
results. Learning from experience (always a good thing!) is what AR is
all about. In AR you pretty much dive right in with an intervention in a
real world system with the aim of improving things then you closely
scrutinize the effects of your actions.
AR is a three step process:
- Planning (including reconnaissance)
- Taking actions
- Fact finding about the results of the actions and making adjustments
For more information on Action Research take a look at: Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization by Dr David Coghlan and Dr Teresa Brannick.