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Seminar on Action Research: Ethics and Participation

RSB lab

In this seminar, Professor Robert Davison will explore the issues of participation and ethics from the perspective of a researcher who actively applies and writes on Action Research (AR).

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We are pleased to announce that the RSB Lab will be hosting an online seminar on 21st January delivered by Professor Robert Davison.

Robert is a Professor of Information Systems at the City University of Hong Kong. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of both the Information Systems Journal and the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries. He is also the Chair of the IFIP WG 9.4 (Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries). Since 1993, he has published over 200 academic articles. He has received approximately $5.3 million in grants as PI. His current research focuses on applications of Action Research to Knowledge Exchange activities in Chinese SMEs.

The event will be entirely online and will comprise of a 90-minute seminar followed by a 30-minute Q&A session. To register interest please contact Natalie Toms.


Action Research (AR) is a family of methods that require researchers to intervene in problematic situations in order to ameliorate circumstances for a variety of stakeholders. A key element in several of the AR methods is the collaboration that is expected to take place between researchers and their clients. Such collaboration requires active participation, yet this is often hard to secure. While clients may prefer to rely on researchers to do the work, researchers themselves may be more interested in the immediate benefits associated with publication of their research and less interested in the longer term participation that the client may expect. Differences in expectations with regard to participation lead to ethical conundrums that merit more careful reflection.

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