The Center for Business Research and Development (CBRD), in cooperation with the Management and Organization Department (MOD) of the Ramon V. del Rosario College of Business (RVR-COB), launched the CBRD Lecture Series on July 23, 2013 with the talk of action research expert Dr. David Coghlan.
During his lecture, Coghlan explained that the world of the scholar-practitioner “is a world of practical knowing and action that builds on the past, takes place in the present and seeks to shape the future.” As scholars-practitioners, managers need tools and methods, he said, so that they can “make sense of what goes on inside them as they work to deal with what goes on around them.” The work of scholar-practioners, Coghlan emphasized, “cannot be explored without considering the scholar-practitioners themselves, how they attend to and learn about themselves in action, how they build and enact collaborative relationships with others and how actionable knowledge is generated.”
Coghlan was earlier introduced to the audience by MOD Chair Dr. Benito Teehankee after CBRD Director Dr. Raymund Habaradas explained the purpose of the CBRD Lecture Series. After Coghlan delivered his lecture, University Research Coordination Office (URCO) Director Dr. Madelene Sta. Maria briefly discussed some efforts being undertaken in the University, along the lines of action research. This was followed by an open forum. Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation (VCRI) Dr. Raymond Tan gave the closing remarks.
The public lecture was attended by faculty and students of RVR-COB, and by guests from colleges and universities in Metro Manila and nearby areas.
Coghlan is a professor at the School of Business, University of Dublin Trinity College, where he teaches organization development and action research. Aside from being the co-author of the book Doing Action Research in your Own Organization (Sage, 2012), he is also a member of the editorial advisory board of several journals, including Action Research, the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Systemic Practice and Action Research, and the Journal of Management Education.