From Enlightenment to Enlivenment: Appreciative Inquiry Through a Research Lens

February 2024
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Because of its inherent life-centric orientation, Appreciative Inquiry as a research approach plays vital roles in moving thinking from enlightenment to ‘enlivenment’. This piece identifies how systemic purposes, wholeness, relationality and other life-giving system properties can be embedded in such research.


Author: Sandra Waddock

Sandra Waddock is Galligan Chair of Strategy, Carroll School Scholar of Corporate Responsibility, and Professor of Management at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. Winner of numerous awards, she has published about 140 papers and multiple books. Current research interests include system change, corporate responsibility, intellectual shamanism and management education.


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