Developmental Action Learning: Toward Collaborative Change

Action Learning: Research and Practice, Vol 3, No. 1, pp. 45-67, April 2006

22 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2008 Last revised: 5 Dec 2012

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Joseph A. Raelin

Northeastern University - D’Amore-McKim School of Business

Jonathan D. Raelin

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: December 22, 2008

Abstract

In this account of practice, the authors introduce a variant of classic action learning, called developmental action learning or DAL. The DAL model, derived from cognitive development theory, introduces conventional learning modules prior to the more intensive set experience. It also calls for facilitation designed to help participants, selected for their readiness to change, make the leap to deeper levels of personal and organizational development. The DAL approach is applied to a leadership development series among a group of high-level administrators within a university consortium. The case study gives promise to the use of developmental action learning to enhance collaborative leadership processes.

Keywords: action learning, facilitation, organizational change, readiness, learning, coaching, leadership

JEL Classification: J24, M10, M121, M14, M50, M53, O15

Suggested Citation

Raelin, Joseph A. and Raelin, Jonathan D., Developmental Action Learning: Toward Collaborative Change (December 22, 2008). Action Learning: Research and Practice, Vol 3, No. 1, pp. 45-67, April 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1319382

Joseph A. Raelin (Contact Author)

Northeastern University - D’Amore-McKim School of Business ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www.damore-mckim.northeastern.edu/faculty/r/raelin-joseph

Jonathan D. Raelin

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