Appreciative Inquiry: Three decades of generative impact

February 2016
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In the thirty years since Cooperrider and Srivastva (1987) invited the world to reimagine action research in our organizations as a truly generative tool for social innovation, Appreciative Inquiry has become a generative force in organization development and change. After highlighting in this article some of the many impacts AI has had, horizons for the future of our work as both AI scholars and practitioners are discussed.


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. 


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