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Advances in Appreciative Inquiry

ISSN: 1475-9152
Series editor(s): Professor David Cooperrider, Professor Michel Avital

Subject Area: Organization Studies

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Managing as designing needs a theory of design


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Title:Managing as designing needs a theory of design
Author(s):Jurgen Faust
Volume:2 Editor(s): Michel Avital, Richard J. Boland, David L. Cooperrider ISBN: 978-0-7623-1287-0 eISBN: 978-1-84950-398-3
Citation:Jurgen Faust (2007), Managing as designing needs a theory of design, in Michel Avital, Richard J. Boland, David L. Cooperrider (ed.) Designing Information and Organizations with a Positive Lens (Advances in Appreciative Inquiry, Volume 2), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.31-44
DOI:10.1016/S1475-9152(07)00203-7 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Article type:Chapter Item
Abstract:Designing with a positive lens is inspired by positive psychology, which turns attention away from the treatment of dysfunctions and toward the encouragement of human strengths. I present a positive design method that is inspired by Appreciative Inquiry and draws on a comprehensive theory of design from sculpture. By incorporating a comprehensive theory of sculpture as a guide for designing with a positive lens, we can take advantage of design lessons from the arts, and strengthen the positive design movement in all stages of the design development process. From a theory of sculpture we see that designing includes forming. Forming, in turn, always involves two opposed energies, which can be thought of as a warm and a cold, or an inside and an outside, force. By using a theory of sculpture to guide designing with a positive lens, we reframe our attempts to create new information and organization designs so as to make them achievable even though the positive designer is not an artist. Design thinking and design processes based on a theory of sculpture can ease our dependence on artistic creativity and expand the organizational impact of a positive lens.

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