Volume 2 Issue 1 (2006)
Research Design

Creating a Wider Audience for Action Research: Learning from Case-Study Research

Bodil Stilling Blichfeldt
University of Southern Denmark
Jesper Rank Andersen
Aalborg University
Published March 2, 2006
  • case study,
  • action research,
  • transparency,
  • transferability,
  • analytical generalisation,
  • accumulation
  • ...More


Drawing upon the literature on action research and case-study research, this paper discusses similarities and differences between these two forms of research practice. The paper also highlights some of the criticisms and challenges action researchers face. It suggests ways in which action researchers may enhance the discussability of action research by: (a) increasing the transparency of their research processes, (b) declaring the intellectual frameworks brought into action research projects, (c) discussing transferability of findings, and (d) defining accumulation of results. This may require an extension to scientific discourse. In particular, the paper suggests that action researchers could change the ways in which action research results are reported to increase their reach among a wider audience.