On novice facilitators doing research - research in problem structuring methods as autoethnography

Elena Tavella

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Opportunities for novices to facilitate Problem Structuring Methods (PSMs) workshops are limited, especially because of a lack of access to real-world interventions and confidence in their capabilities. Novices are usually young academics building their careers through publishing. Publishing is challenging if facilitation and opportunities for data collection are limited. To address this challenge, this paper suggests autoethnography as a framework for addressing difficulties that novices face in conducting research and publishing on PSMs. This suggestion grows out of a literature study on autoethnography and PSMs combined with reflections on the author’s experience as a PSM novice and young academic. Autoethnography is presented as a means to enable access to
real-world interventions, enhance novices’ confidence, and identify research and publishing opportunities. The author outlines strengths and challenges associated with PSM novices carrying out autoethnography. Contributions to PSM literature and practice are also provided.
TidsskriftSystems Research and Behavioral Science
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)58–75
Antal sider18
StatusUdgivet - 2018
Udgivet eksterntJa

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