CHAPTER 4Appreciative Inquiry in Action: From Origins to Current Practice

Since its inception in 1985, Appreciative Inquiry has spread around the world, gaining recognition as “today’s most popular new approach to change.” When David Cooperrider gave birth to Appreciative Inquiry, he did not know or intend to open the way for a bold new field of organizational change. Nevertheless, that is precisely what happened.

Over the past decades, Appreciative Inquiry has matured from a series of organizational experiments into a highly successful and sustainable philosophy and practice for positive change. As the stories in this chapter illustrate, many organizations around the world have embraced Appreciative Inquiry as their way of doing business. After ...

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