Editor: Professor David Cooperrider, Professor Michel Avital
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Appreciative Inquiry has touched and inspired the work of many individuals, organizations and communities that apply its principles in a wide range of settings including industry, government, spiritual and not-for-profit organizations around the world. The appreciative inquiry circle is growing steadily and has experienced significant developments in terms of recognition and support.
The Advances in Appreciative Inquiry series strives to nurture a premium space in which both scientists and practitioners can share their current experiences and state-of-the-art knowledge of inquiry into positive organizational qualities and dynamics. The series offers a useful communication vehicle for organization scholarship focused on positive modalities of discourse, human organizations, and world benefit. Guided by the ethos of Appreciative Inquiry, the book series supports an ongoing, distributed inquiry into the true, the good, the better and the possible. It is dedicated to advancing a "scholarship of the positive" and "positive scholarship."
The Advances in Appreciative Inquiry series advocates a science of positive human organization, positive relationships and positive modalities of change, in order to create world benefit for individuals, organizations and communities. It is committed to the advancement of Appreciative Inquiry as an approach to organizational and human development, and as an interdisciplinary, non-deficit theory of positive change processes in human systems. Overall, the book series is dedicated to building the positive lens as an approach to social inquiry and human development, and the interdisciplinary articulation of strength-based theories of change and development.
The Advances in Appreciative Inquiry series is refereed and published by Emerald. It is designed to facilitate the dialogue within the social sciences at large and invites contributions from the broad spectrum between traditional scholarship and accounts of hands-on experience. The series editors are committed to giving voice to a range of new topics and to supporting innovative and challenging work that broadens the base of Appreciative Inquiry scholarship and other related positive lenses.
Michel Avital is Professor of IT Management at Copenhagen Business School. The study of how information technology promotes innovation and extraordinary outcomes is a central theme of Michel's work. Building on positive modalities of inquiry, his research focuses on information and organization with an emphasis on the social aspects of information technologies. He has published articles on topics such as systems design, creativity, innovation, collaboration and competition, green IT and sustainable value, positive organizational scholarship and appreciative inquiry. He is an editorial board member of Information Systems Research, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Information and Organization, Journal of Information Technology, AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction, and Communications of the Association for Information Systems. Michel is an advocate of open design and an avid proponent of cross-boundaries exchange and collaboration. For further info visit his homepage: http://www.avital.net/
David L. Cooperrider is the Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Professor Cooperrider is past Chair of the National Academy of Management's OD Division and has lectured and taught at Harvard, Stanford, University of Chicago, Katholieke University in Belgium, MIT, University of Michigan, Cambridge and others. David is founder and Chair of the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value. The center's core proposition is that sustainability is the business opportunity of the 21st century, indeed that every social and global issue of our day is an opportunity to ignite industry leading eco-innovation, social entrepreneurship, and new sources of value. David has served as advisor to a wide variety of organizations including the Boeing Corporation, Fairmount Minerals, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, McKinsey, Parker, Sherwin Williams, Wal-Mart as well as American Red Cross, American Hospital Association, Cleveland Clinic, and World Vision. Most of the projects are inspired by the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) methodology for which David is best known. His founding theoretical work in this area is creating a positive revolution in the leadership of change; it is helping institutions all over the world discover the power of the strength-based approaches to multi-stakeholder innovation and sustainable design. Professor Cooperrider's work is especially unique because of its ability to enable positive change, innovation, and sustainable design in systems of large and complex scale.
Case Western Reserve University, USA
Copenhagen Business School, The Netherlands
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