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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-
Action Research 2003-
Organization Development Practitioner 2001-
Systemic Practice & Action Research 2004-
Action Learning: Theory and Research 2007-
Journal of Management Education 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
Associate Editor - International, Organization Development Journal 1996-2003
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Academy of Management
Organization Development Network
Irish Academy of Management
Creating and building shared scholarship in organization development and change: A metalogue. in, editor(s)D.A Noumair, A.B (Rami) Shani & D.P. Zandee , Research in organizational change and development, Vol 30, Bingley, UK, Emerald, 2023, pp73 - 94, [D Coghlan], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Exploring the richness of action learning ` research to exploit network action learning: A journey in shared theorizing. in, editor(s)D.A Noumair, A.B (Rami) Shani & D.P. Zandee , Research in organizational change and development, Vol 30, Bingley, UK, Emerald, 2023, pp183 - 203, [D Coghlan & P. Coughlan], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Action Research in, editor(s)P. Glăveanu , The Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Possible, London, Springer , 2023, pp9 - 16, [D Coghlan], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
D Coghlan, Contemplating the spiritualty of scholarship, Nursing Philosophy, 24, (1), 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
D. Coghlan, A.B Shani & P Coughlan, Coghlan, D. Shani, A.B. (Rami) & Coughlan, P. (2023). Enhancing the quality of project management through action research. , International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 16, (1), 2023, p9 - 21, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Action research in hospitality and tourism research. in, editor(s)In F. Okumus, S.M. Rasoolimanesh & S. Jahani , Contemporary research methods in hospitality and tourism , Bingley, UK, Emerald, 2022, pp237 - 251, [D. O'Leary & D. Coghlan], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Wu SH, Coughlan P, Coghlan D, McNabola A, Novara D., Developing green process innovation through network action learning, Creativity & Innovation Management, 31, 2022, p248 - 259, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
D Coghlan, Developing interiority through insider inquiry: Enabling students' learning from organizational experiences., The International Journal of Management Education, 20, (3), 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Abraham B (Rami) Shani & David Coghlan, Collaborative Inquiry for Organization Development and Change , Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar, 2021, i) - 120pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Action research- for practitioners and researchers in, editor(s)J. Crossman & S. Bordia , Handbook of Qualitative Research Methodologies in Workplace Contexts , Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar, 2021, pp67 - 81, [M. Casey & D. Coghlan], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED

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D. Coghlan & A.B.(Rami) Shani, Coghlan, D. & Shani, A.B. (Rami). (2021). Abductive reasoning as the integrating mechanism between first- second- and third person practice in action research. , Systemic Practice & Action Research , 34, (4), 2021, p463 - 474, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
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


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