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Insider and outsider collaboration: questioning realities and revealing mirages - the case of the National Training Programme in Oman.

Lawless, A and Al-Harty, A (2016) Insider and outsider collaboration: questioning realities and revealing mirages - the case of the National Training Programme in Oman. In: UFHRD Conference Proceedings (2016). (Joint UFHRD/AHRD European Conference, 08 June 2016 - 10 Jun 2016, Manchester, UK).

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Abstract

This paper has been co-constructed by an insider and an outsider and utilises material from a larger study conducted by the first named author, the insider. The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the work of Human Resource Development (HRD) academics who have highlighted the importance of ‘talk’ with HRD; illuminating how a focus on discourse can ‘reveal’ aspects of HRD which often remain hidden (for example: Evans 2014; Lawless et al. 2011; Stewart et al. 2014). The paper also contributes to practitioner knowledge by illustrating how insiders and outsiders can work together, enabling the insider to question some taken-for-granted assumptions (Milano et al. 2015). We illustrate how an insider-outsider relationship enabled the insider to question the perceived ‘reality’ which emerged from initial template analysis. We discuss how further data generation and analysis, informed by a discourse approach, enabled the insider to question initial interpretations and in doing so reveal a more a complex ‘mirage’ emerging from the insider research. A ‘mirage’ which reflected the complexity within this particular research context while revealing possibilities for emancipatory change.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Insider Research; Discourse Analysis
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Divisions: Liverpool Business School
Publisher: University Forum for Human Resource Development
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2017 12:21
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2017 12:21
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5382

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