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Action Learning Methodologies And The IMP Tradition: Application To Capability Building In SMEs

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The purpose of this paper is to apply a process methodology, action learning, to an SME network capability development study. The authors argue for the compatibility of Action Learning methodologies to both an SME context and the IMP tradition. Yet, the application of action learning methods in both research settings is rare. Action learning is an interactive process primarily concerned with problem identification, problem solving, and change in practice and theory development. It involves a process of re-education, whereby participants will, over time, realise the network capabilities that ensue from their actions further changing their patterns of thinking and action.

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