Note: This online event (in 2005) was the 1st AI online event initiated from Australia. We are very grateful to all the AI pioneers that took part in this (for us, here in Australia) historic Appreciative Inquiry “We have…
Author: Positive Change Corps Positive Change Corps West Springfield, MA Date 01/01/2002 Annotation: This case study describes the process taken by a public school system in MA which embraced a strength-based change initiative using an Appreciative Inquiry Summit design to…
An Emerging Cultural Change to Manage Organisational Complexity Authors Shimon L. Dolan, Salvador Garcia, Samantha Diegoli & Alan Auerbach AbstractBusiness organisations are excellent representations of what in physics and mathematics are designated “chaotic” systems. Because a culture of innovation will…
The Appreciative Eye Creativity starts with an 'appreciative' eye. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" "Leaders make sure people not only see the vision, they live and breath it." Jack Welch, former CEO of G.E. and Author…
The origins of strategy are deeply rooted in our warfare history. Current strategic models and thinking have a bias towards ‘killing off the competition’. Even if this was appropriate in the past, it is inappropriate now in our interconnected world,…
AI or not AI that is the question.
Whether it is wiser in the mind to analyse
The problems and deficits of outrageous shortcomings
Or to set sail on the sea of opportunities and possibilities
And, by this new direction
Arrive to grow
Socially Constructing a New Corporate Purpose
Imagine a sustainable world where humanity meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Business provides the goods and services needed by consumers in a way beneficial to all stakeholders. The world’s vast wealth is equitably distributed to all people. We on Earth are working toward that future today.
This is a story of AI applied to corporate strategic planning with an examination into the tacit economic assumptions of business.
The SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Anticipations, Results) framework for strategic inquiry and decision-making is discussed. SOAR is a compatible framework for an AI approach to strategic planning. Next, we review the dominant mental model of purpose underlying strategic planning. and an alternate perspective, flowing into a reflection of what could be.
The dominant construct in business is the theory that the purpose of a business is to maximise shareholder wealth. This theory will be contrasted with an alternate view—the “triple bottom line.” The purpose is not to choose either perspective as correct, distinct from the other, or even good; it is to inquire and appreciatively reflect into how these theories are socially constructed with an eye towards creating the change we desire.
by Jane Magruder Watkins and Bernard Mohr, from their book Appreciative Inquiry: Change at the Speed of Imagination
Please note that this only goes to 2000. There are many more exciting developments and case studies in the past 13 years. In addition to the aicommons there are many reported in the Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner
To submit an Appreciative Inquiry milestone to this timeline, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org for review. We would like to include major advances, shifts, and events.
Cleveland Clinic Project is initiated.The birthplace and co-founding of AI happened in the doctoral program in Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University in the collaboration between David Cooperrider and Suresh Srivastva in 1980. As a young 24 year old doctoral student David Cooperrider was involved doing a conventional diagnosis or an organizational analysis of “what’s wrong with the human side of the Organization?” In gathering his data, he becomes amazed by the level of positive cooperation, innovation and egalitarian governance he sees in the organization. Suresh Srivastva, Cooperrider’s advisor notices David’s excitement and suggests going further with the excitement-making it the focus. Having been influenced by earlier writings by Schweitzer on the idea of “reverence for life”, David obtains permission from the Clinic’s Chairman Dr. William Kiser to focus totally on a life-centric analysis of the factors contributing to the highly effective functioning of the Clinic when it was at its best. Everything else was ignored.
Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is the name given to a strengths-based methodology or positive approach to change and improvement. David Cooperrider PhD is the co-originator and his website contains many details as well. The approach is consciously a positive…
Modern management thought was born proclaiming that organizations are the triumph of the human imagination. As made and imaged, organizations are products of human imagination. As made and imagined, organizations are products of human interaction and mind rather than some…