Part Two Final Project
Removing Illegal Aliens from Oilfield Work
GM505 Action Research and Consulting Skills
Professor Nathan Boyer
September 14, 2014
Part Two Final Project
Completing an Action Research Project is a great way to resolve an existing problem within an organization. This method of research is intended to “enable people to find effective solutions to problems they confront in their everyday lives” (Stringer, 2007, p. 1). Completing the seven phases of Action Research are critical to the success of the project. These steps include (1) selecting a focus, (2) clarifying theories, (3) identifying research questions, (4) collecting data, (5) analyzing data, (6) reporting results, and (7) taking informed action (Sagor, 2014). The purpose of this paper is to report the results and explain what action has been taken to resolve the issue of discovering what the best course of action is to reduce the occurrence of illegal alien work on individual businesses in the oilfield, specifically JEA Oilfield Services, LLC. Reporting the results of an Action Research Project is “an important part of any research study,” as others may be “interested in the results obtained” (Mertler, 2012, p. 44). Taking informed action is what separates Action Research from other forms of research as it involves participants working “creatively to formulate actions that lead to a resolution of the problem(s)”, by planning, implementing, reviewing, and evaluating (Stringer, 2007, p. 125). Scope and Purpose
The purpose of this Action Research Project, as stated above, was to investigate what the best course of action would be to reduce the occurrence of illegal alien work on individual businesses in the oilfield, specifically JEA Oilfield Services, LLC. The decision to focus on this problem came as a result of the unfair and unsafe competition created from these workers, as they have been known to charge as low as $20 per hour in comparison to the average rate of $65 to $85 per hour for legal, insured, and certified welders. These illegal alien workers are not only taking work away from tax paying Americans, but also, in most cases they are not certified or qualified to be completing many of the jobs. Without earning proper certification which requires abundant knowledge of the policies and procedures, catastrophic events could possible occur, putting valuable lives in great danger. Using Action Research to address the problem and implement a change was a good approach because this type of research requires action to be taken at the end of the project. This is what separates Action Research from any other form of research, the implementation of the action plan. Also, the phases that must be followed in order to get to the final implementation phase require great attention to detail and complex levels of interpretation and analysis. It also requires researchers to maintain open communication with their stakeholders, ensuring they are thoroughly informed on the progress of the project. Data collection and compilation
For this project, two data gathering methods were intended to be used. The first method, reviewing existing published literature, was extremely successful. The second method, interviewing the stakeholders Pioneer Energy Services and Pioneer Natural Resources, was extremely unsuccessful. Alternative attempts at collecting useful data was also unsuccessful. Reviewing existing published literature regarding the impacts illegal alien workers have on the United States economy and information pertaining to E-Verify was extremely useful. Having access to Kaplan University’s Library which is full of thousands of articles pertaining to the search topics made this method of data gathering successful. Using Google Scholar proved less successful, as many of the articles were only accessible to members of the hosting website, and some were only available for a certain...
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