• Shahab Eshraqi University of Tehran
  • Asghar Oghalaiee University of Tehran
  • Mohammadreza Sadeghimoghaddam University of Tehran


A fundamental methodological question guides this paper: how can managers and researchers of innovation learn from action research method? To address this question, we first state theoretical and empirical studies confirm action research methodology is useful for management of innovation, then we define and explore the characteristics and process of action research and value of it. In this paper, we review the papers about action research methodology, theoretical or empirical, relevant and valid for management of innovation and outline the action research cycle models related to management of innovation. In addition, we discuss about the philosophy of this method and describe the researcher skills required to engage in action research.


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