Inquiring Into Appreciative Inquiry: A Conversation With David Cooperrider and Ronald Fry

Styn Grieten, Frank Lambrechts*, Rene Bouwen, Jolien Huybrechts, Ronald Fry, David Cooperrider

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David cooperrider and ronald fry are professors of organizational behavior at the weatherhead school of management, case western reserve university (cwru). Cwru’s department of organizational behavior is consistently acknowledged as one of the best in the world by the financial times. Together with their mentor, suresh srivastva, they created appreciative inquiry (ai) over 30 years ago. Since then, ai has been extensively applied worldwide, and many exciting results have been achieved and published. This article is grounded in an in-depth conversation with david and ron at the world appreciative inquiry conference 2012, and subsequent discussions between 2012 and 2016. It focuses on how ai has been contributing to a generative scholarship and what new possibilities are on the horizon to strengthen these efforts. In the epilogue, we highlight contributions to current debates around generative scholarship, and offer recommendations to heighten the generative potential of ai and our field.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-114
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Management Inquiry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018


  • appreciative inquiry
  • future forming learning
  • generative scholarship
  • organization development and change

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