Critical action learning, policy learning and small firms: An inquiry

Monder Ram, K. Trehan

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    Abstract

    This article presents a conceptual and empirical synthesis of 'critical action learning' (CAL) and 'policy learning' (PL). We pursue this undertaking by reflecting upon a five-year inquiry into an initiative that aimed to provide business support to an action learning set comprising eight African-Caribbean entrepreneurs. CAL and PL share commitments that are riven with tensions, which we explore in our inquiry in relation to three themes that arose during the course of the investigation. The findings demonstrate how a synthesis of CAL and PL can: enrich CAL by recognizing the centrality of emotional and power relations; provide a vehicle to examine the tensions and dynamics that attend policy implementation; illustrate the merits of an experiential approach to evaluation. We contribute to debates on criticality in action learning and the need for more grounded approaches to the evaluation of initiatives directed at small firms.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)415-428
    Number of pages14
    JournalManagement Learning
    Volume41
    Issue number4
    Early online date23 Mar 2010
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

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