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Professor David Coghlan

Fellow Emeritus (Trinity Business School)


David Coghlan is a Professor Emeritus and Fellow Emeritus at the Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He specializes in organization development and action research and is active in both communities internationally. He has published over 150 articles and book chapters. Recent books include: Inside Organizations (Sage, 2016), Organizational Change and Strategy (Routledge, 2016), Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization (4th ed. Sage, 2014), Collaborative Strategic Improvement through Network Action Learning (Edward Elgar, 2011). He is co-editor of the The Sage Encyclopedia of Action Research (2014) and of the 4 volume sets Fundamentals of Organization Development (Sage, 2010) and Action Research in Business & Management (Sage, 2016). He serves on the editorial advisory boards of: Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Action Research, Action Learning: Research and Practice, Systemic Practice and Action Research, The OD Practitioner among others.
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Journal of Applied Behavioral Science 2004-
Associate Editor - International, Organization Development Journal 1996-2003
Action Research 2003-
Organization Development Practitioner 2001-
Systemic Practice & Action Research 2004-
Journal of Management Education 2007 -
Action Learning: Theory and Research 2007-
Revue Sciences de Gestion 2006
Research in Management Education and Development (book series Information Age Publications), 2003-
International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2005-
Irish Journal of Management, 2000-2007
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Academy of Management
Organization Development Network
Irish Academy of Management
D.Coghlan, A.B. (Rami) Shani & P.C Dahm, Knowledge production in organization development: An interiority-based perspective. , Journal of Change Management, 20, (1), 2020, p81 - 98, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
A.B. Shani, D. Coghlan & B.N. Alexander, Rediscovering abductive reasoning in organization development and change research., Journal of Applied Behavioral Science , 56 , (1), 2020, p60 - 72, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
David Coghlan, Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization, 5th , London, SAGE, 2019, 218pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Demystifying action research in, editor(s)O.Zuber-Skerritt & L. Wood , Action Learning an Action Research: Genres and Approaches, Bingley, Emerald Publlshing, 2019, pp83 - 96, [D. Coghlan], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Toward a social science philosophy of organization development and change. in, D.A Noumair & A.B. (Rami) Shani , Research in organizational change and development, Vol 27,, Bingley, Emerald Publishing, 2019, pp1 - 29, [D. Coghlan, A.B. (Rami) Shani, & G.W. Hay ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
A. Ystrom, S Ollila, M. Agogue, & D. Coghlan, The role of a learning approach in building an inter-organizational network aiming for collaborative innovation. , Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 55 , (1), 2019, p27 - 49, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Brydon-Miller, M. & Coghlan, D. , First - second- and third-person values-based ethics in educational action research: Personal resonances, mutual regard and social responsibility. , Educational Action Research , 27, (2), 2019, p303 - 331, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
D. Coghlan, P. Coughlan & A.B (Rami) Shani,, Exploring doctorateness in insider action research. , International Journal of Action Research,, 15, (1), 2019, p47 - 61, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
David Coghlan & Erik Lindhult, The status and future of action research: An interview with Professor David Coghlan. , Technology Innovation Management Review,, 9, (6), 2019, p42 - 49, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
David Coghlan, Paul Coughlan, Abraham B. (Rami) Shani , Exploring Doctorateness in Insider Action Research, International Journal of Action Research, 15, (1), 2019, p47 - 61, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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David Coghlan, Another tree to hug: Contemporary OD action research. Organization Development Review, 51 (3), 2019: 19, Organization Development Review, , 51, (3), 2019, p19-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
A.B. (Rami) Shani & D. Coghlan, Enhancing action, research and collaboration in organization development, Organization Development Journal, 36, (3), 2018, p37 - 43, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
David Coghlan, Retrieving action research as research in OD, Organization Development Journal, 35, (2), 2017, p11 - 16, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Action Research as a Method of Praxis in, editor(s)Lawrence F. , Lonergan Workshop 20, Boston, Boston College, 2008, pp71 - 86, [David Coghlan], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
David Coghlan, Towards a Spirituality of Academic Work: Lessons from Action Research , Human Development, 27, (2), 2006, p38 - 41, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
David Coghlan, Reflections on Interlevel Dynamics in Change and Strategy, OD Seasonings, 2, (3), 2006, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
McDonagh, J. and Coghlan, D., Exploring the Role of Academia in Nurturing IT-enabled Business Change, Proceedings of the Informing Science and IT Education Conference, Pori, Finland, June 24-27, 2003, Turku School of Economics and Business A, 2003, pp1201-1210 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Integrating Organizational Dynamics through Organizational Levels in, editor(s)R. Rosenfeld & D. Wilson , Managing Organizations: Text, Readings & Cases, London, McGraw-Hill, 1999, pp320-326 , [David Coghlan], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
The Thoul Plant in, editor(s)R. Rosenfeld & D. Wilson , Managing Organizations: Text, Readings & Cases, London, McGraw-Hill, 1999, pp233-235 , [David Coghlan], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Challenges of Educational Leadership: Meaning, Community and Excellence in, editor(s)J.M Feheney , Ideal to Action: The Inner Nature of a Catholic School Today, Dublin, Veritas, 1998, pp168-178 , [D. Tuohy & D. Coghlan], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED


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FTCD 2005
Organisation development through action research Insider action research Action learning