The owner of Quoth uses the concepts, particular ideas, understanding, and principles of action research and grounded theory below as form to develop the application, the knowledge management tool for strategic planning.
The occasional pieces in action research methodology maintained by Bob Dick shows that they have been exploring the notion that action research generates a form of grounded theory: Theory grounded in experience. In their view, an important purpose of action research is the development of understanding and action. That is, understanding which drives from action; understanding which in turn informs action; and within each understanding and action cycle, the understanding develops further because, in each “act,” the growing understanding is tested in action. This development of understanding and action forms the grounded theory – its development observes well the intention of the earlier Glaser and Strauss work.
Moreover, Bob Dick pointed out that grounded theory tends to be different in at least two respects: First, grounded theory tends to be more about practice because it can to some extent integrate the subjective and objective. Subjective arises because it is invested by our values and meaning. Objective arises because it is tested against reality through action. Second, grounded theory tends to be more general because it can to some extent integrate the same elements of understanding operating on a given setting and situation. That is, it is framed in a way that allows its generalisability to be used to produce same outcome in similar setting and situation.
Further, the shortcomings and difficulties of a person to foster deeper understanding on matters could reflect in the outcome of his/her action. The question, “How can a person act in response to solve this?” To resolve this, it is significant for a person to foster deeper understanding on matters first by using the three dimensions of action research and grounded theory: epistemology (theoretical, conceptual, and operational framework), process, and situation for better outcome of his/her action. Bod Dick uses these three dimensions to spell out his assumptions before he acts.
This blog piece leads me to wonder how does a person use generalisability in his/her practice?
 Dick, Bob, Occasional Pieces of Action Research Methodology, Version 1.7, Last modified 20020223, URL address: http://www.scu.edu.au/schools/gcm/ar/arm/op000.html