Lessons Learned from Applying Appreciative Inquiry in a Military Setting

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Are there unique aspects of the military organization and culture that affect how well AI can be used to stimulate organizational change? Several key aspects of military structure and bureaucracy can have an impact on an AI project. The co-authors of this article explore some of the unique characteristics of a military context that can intensify or exacerbate some typical challenges.

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Author: Patrick Heflin

LtCol Patrick Heflin, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Management at the US Air Force Academy. A graduate of the Academy, he earned his MA in Organizational Studies from George Washington University and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. He teaches core Management and Command course as well as classes in the domains of Organizational Theory and Organizational Behavior. Contact: Patrick.Heflin@usafa.edu

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Author: Chase Lane

Captain Chase Lane is an instructor of Management at the United States Air Force Academy. He graduated from the Academy in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Management. He then attended Notre Dame, earning his MBA in 2015 then returning to the Academy to teach. His current efforts involve marketing strategy and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

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Author: David Levy

Dave Levy is a professor of Management at the US Air Force Academy. He graduated from the Academy with a BS in psychology. After leaving the military, for America Online and as an organizational change consultant for Grant-Thornton and KPMG. Dr. Levy earned his Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Cornell University. His current research involves developing cognitive maps of effective leadership. Dr. Levy has co-authored several books.

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Author: Paul Prosper

Major Paul Prosper, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Management at the US Air Force Academy. He graduated from The Citadel with a BS in Business Administration, then earned his MA in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma and his Ph.D. from the University of Phoenix. He is also certified by the Human Resources Certification Institute as a Senior Professional of Human Resources.

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