Most companies look for ways to enable their employees to fully employ their talents and creativity. Participatory Action Research has proven to be an excellent approach to enable employees to create a supportive working environment themselves. By co-creating solutions with colleagues and managers they grow a sense of ownership which is supportive to get from plan to action. Furthermore the PAR process helps managers to feel confident in providing more freedom and space for employees to excel.
Complexity is outgrowing business
Today’s business is becoming more and more challenging. Demands from customers are growing and competition is innovating at a rapid pace. Companies who are not able to adapt in this rapidly changing environment will lose.
Traditionally companies are organized in top-down hierarchies. These rigid structures worked excellent in a static environment, but are not able to adapt at a pace that is required by today’s business challenges.
It is vital to fully tap into the talents and creativity of employees. They need a working environment that allows them to more and more define themselves how they execute their work. Self organization is a hot topic in this respect. But self organization often conflicts with traditional managerial habits. Often managers have difficulties with providing an environment in which this is possible.
Instrument of change
Participatory Action Research comes in as a effective instrument of change. Using PAR allows employees and managers to discover together how they can reorganize the work in a way that better suits demands. Since PAR addresses the interests of all stakeholders – employees and managers alike – co created solutions will provide all involved with a sense of comfort needed to make these solutions becoming a success.
Cocreating with customers
And PAR holds another promise. Customers can be included in the co-creation process. That allows customers to grow into co producers – often referred to as prosumers. Customers become an actor in the value creation process, giving way to completely new and promising business models.
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