The Elephant in the Room: A critical inquiry into Appreciative Inquiry’s struggle with appreciating power-resistance relations
What Will the Future of Appreciative Inquiry Look Like?
Appreciative Inquiry claims to bring social constructionism into practice and is suggested to be a forerunner in democratic change management (Bushe, 2015). However, AI still contains positivist premises that are in tension with its social constructionist philosophy and affect its emancipatory promises. In this article I review AI’s recent developments in addressing power-resistance relations to contribute to the reflexive awareness of this underdeveloped topic.