A Seminar on Prospective Theory Building: The Life-centric Art and Collaborative Science of Appreciative Inquiry as World-making

February 2024
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This article provides a glimpse into a Ph.D. research course on theory building. The seminar is inspired by a holistic interweaving of Appreciative Inquiry and portraiture research; the method of grounded theory; and the great call of our time for future-forming generative theory. In this article we define the umbrella concept of prospective theory and visualize six core constituents for propelling this kind of theory building, while also speaking to what’s been called ‘AI’s lost minor detail’.


Author: David Cooperrider

David Cooperrider, Ph.D., is a Distinguished University Professor at Case Western Reserve University, where he holds the Covia- -David L. Cooperrider Professorship in Appreciative Inquiry. He is also the Honorary Chair of Champlain College’s David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry in the Stiller School of Business. David now serves on the Board of Trustees of the Organization Development Network. 

Contact: dlc6@case.edu

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Author: Lindsey N. Godwin

Lindsey N. Godwin, Ph.D., is the Robert P. Stiller Professor of Management at Champlain College, where she serves as the Academic Director for the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry and co-publisher of AI Practitioner. As a practitioner–scholar active in the global AI community, she has helped organize and facilitate AI processes around the globe. 

Contact: godwin@champlain.edu

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