GM505 Action Research and Consulting Skills
October 26 ,2010
Critical Mass Analysis
In order for a researcher to conduct an action research analysis several factors must be determined. The specific purpose for the research, the components, and stakeholders. My action research project is to address a specific problem my agency has with employee retention within the patrol division during the past three years. In conducting a critical mass analysis it is important to determine who has influence and can assist with making suggestions on changes or give necessary data. Stringer (2007) states, "action research is a systematic approach to investigation that enables people to find effective solutions to problems they confront in their everyday lives" (p. 1). In this critical mass analysis I will detail the level of involvement of the stakeholders who are involved or should be involved in resolving the problem. Action research facilitator's role is to assist the organization and the involved parties in determining the problem and then to assist them is determining the best resolution that is effective and efficient for the organization and its stakeholders. Roles and Involvement
When conducting an critical mass analysis it is important to take the time to evaluate all the organizations players or stakeholders, the specific problem to address, who is currently involved in the problem, and who could assist with resolving the problem. It is important to look at the social dynamics of the organization and which groups within the organization that could have influence. When determining who should be included in a critical mass analysis, the action researcher needs to look at many factors: 1) the stakeholders experience in particular division, in this case who has worked at the agency in the patrol division; and has knowledge of the problem, 2) who is willing to...