The action research applied to the management and engineering research. A literature review for Ibero-America

Project: Research

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Project summary

Action research (AR), which comes from the social sciences, is a participatory methodology applicable to any business management problem. However, it is little known in engineering. This research develops the systematized review of 48 articles published in Scopus and the Web of Science between 2000 and 2020 by researchers attached to Ibero-American institutions that developed experiences and practices of AR in contexts related to engineering. The objective was to describe the characteristics of this academic production and its implementation in the specified context. The results reveal that Brazil and Spain lead the use of AR in Ibero-America, being predominant in the area of computer, software and information systems engineering. AR is presented with strong participation of the researchers themselves; who observe the problematic situation, propose actions, reflect and evaluate the system to start a new cycle of work. The review concludes that the incipient use of AR has been successful for engineering and that there is a consequent possibility of being replicated in other areas related to business management and administration.

Layman's description

Action research (AR), which comes from the social sciences, is a participatory methodology applicable to any business management problem. However, it is little known in engineering. This research develops the systematized review of 48 articles published in Scopus and the Web of Science between 2000 and 2020 by researchers attached to Ibero-American institutions that developed experiences and practices of AR in contexts related to engineering. The objective was to describe the characteristics of this academic production and its implementation in the specified context. The results reveal that Brazil and Spain lead the use of AR in Ibero-America, being predominant in the area of computer, software and information systems engineering. AR is presented with strong participation of the researchers themselves; who observe the problematic situation, propose actions, reflect and evaluate the system to start a new cycle of work. The review concludes that the incipient use of AR has been successful for engineering and that there is a consequent possibility of being replicated in other areas related to business management and administration.
StatusCurtailed
Effective start/end date1/07/2011/10/21

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Keywords

  • action research
  • literature review
  • engineering
  • research management

Research areas and lines

  • Education

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