The potential use of action learning for system change

[Deutscher Titel: Die mögliche Nutzung von Aktionslernen für Systemveränderungen]

Anne-Charlotte Hoes; Barbara J. Regeer; Joske F. G. Bunders
TransFormers in knowledge production: building science-practice collaborations
Action Learning: Research and Practice, Volume 5, Issue 3 November 2008 , pages 207 – 220

Abstract: This article places action learning in the context of system innovation, as it studies the potential use of action learning for system change. In order to effect such system change, collaboration between actors from different institutional backgrounds is essential. To gain insight into if and how action learning can be applied for system change, we study three system change projects in Dutch agriculture. We focus specifically on the approaches developed by the project leaders for collaboration between the scientists and the entrepreneurs and analyse how the interaction between these two contributed to the learning process within the project. This article concludes with guiding concepts for action learning for system change in the field of sustainable development of agriculture and beyond.

Keywords: action learning; system innovation; inter-institutional collaboration; science and society

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