Sabancı University has announced the first and only Master's program in Action Research and Transformation in Turkey. This non-thesis master's program targeting middle and senior managers aims to respond to the need of institutions and companies to be ready for the rapidly increasing transformation occurring with developments such as climate change, the pandemic, and new business models and working styles.
Oğuz Babüroğlu - Pınar Akpınar
Sabancı University has announced the Master in Action Research and Transformation Program (mART), which it will launch in the 2022-2023 academic year, following the Action Research PhD Program it started in 2019.
Noting that developments such as climate change, food crises, the pandemic in the last two years, and new business models and ways of working have increased the need for companies and institutions for transformation management, ARAMA Chair and Professor of Action Research Oğuz Babüroğlu said, “Action research as an inclusive, interesting and non-hierarchical method aims to generate benefits for all stakeholders. With this master's program, we aim to teach mid-level and senior executive candidates the methodology of action research, and provide them with the competencies to successfully manage rapid change and transformation”.
Stating that they will host the leading people in action research in the world in the 12-month program and that they will proceed directly through the cases by addressing new applications, Babüroğlu said, “We will present action research in all its aspects to the program participants. There is no master's program in Turkey that includes transformation management and focuses on such a methodology. As far as we know, it is a first in the world, too.”
The program will host an international symposium
Within the scope of the program, participants will have courses on subjects such as Workforce Transformation and Change Management, Decision Making Practice, Action Research Implementation and Facilitation, Institutional Transformation, and Strategy.
David Coghlan, who is among the first people that come to mind in action research, and the author of the book "Doing Action Research inYour Own Organization", is among the scholars who will teach in the program.
Oğuz Babüroğlu announced that they will also host the international symposium organized every two years by the International Journal of Action Research on October 12-14, 2022 within the scope of the program. On the first day of the conference, a session will be held together with the Union of Municipalities of Turkey on how to realize the Green Deal.