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Synergic Inquiry

Synergic Inquiry
A Collaborative Action Methodology

Action Research

May 2006 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
"The publication of Synergic Inquiry is both timely and important. It is a refreshing attempt to forge behavioral theory and praxis to expand human capacities for problem-solving."
--Tomoko Hamada, College of William & Mary

This book introduces synergic inquiry, which is a particular take on action research. Synergic inquiry is distinguished from other collaborative methodologies in its process orientation, which seeks first to differentiate and only then to integrate. This way, issues which are considered to be impediments to understanding cultural differences, examples of hierarchical thinking, etc. are treated as an organic part of the solution. In this text, the authors stress a strong theory/practice mix.

Dean Elias
The SI Methodology and Its Theoretical Foundation
Overview of Synergic Inquiry
The Synergic Universe
Si, Paradigms, and Other Methodologies
Si Practices
Practicing Synergic Inquiry
Joanne Gozawa
Geisha and Cowboy: Synergizing Inner Lifer Differences Through the Mythic Realm
Venus Bobis Jendresen and Eric Bobis
Husband and Wife Synergizing
Lien Cao
Synergizing the Mother-Daughter Relationship
Elisa Sabatini
Developing a Community Through Synergic Envisioning
Lien Cao
Using SI to Resolve a Group Conflict
Carole Barlas, Angela Cherry-Smith, Penny Rosenwasser, and Colette Winlock
Synergic Inquiry in Action: The Expansion of Racial Consciousness
Yongming Tang, David Goff, Anna Gatmon, Marianne Murray, Vickie Zhang, and George Kich
Gender Synergy: Using SI to Work with Gender Differences
Roma Hammel
Teaching SI in a High School Setting
Charles Joiner, Yongming Tang, and Yifu Yin
Synergizing Cultural Differences for Improving Organizational Performance: A Case Study of Synergic Inquiry in China
Charles Joiner, Susan Cannon, and Karen O'Neill
Synergic Inquiry and Organizational Transformation: A Case Study of SI Application to a US Organization Working in Mexico
Reflections and Implications
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  • In this text, the authors stress a strong theory/practice mix.

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