A Design Framework: The ABC Model

This organization inquiry model is designed to inquire into the current reality of an organization and to plan its future by focusing on the successes and the life-giving forces that support the work and the people. Once those forces are located and articulated, the organization can move to affirm, expand, and increase those success factors as they imagine the organization’s future. This is a departure from the traditional model of organization diagnosis that searches for the problems and shortcomings of the organization for the purpose of “fixing” it.

This appreciative approach is grounded in the theory of Social Constructionism (Gergen, 1991, 1994a, 1994b) that holds organizations as social constructions of ...

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