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The Gift of New Eyes: Personal Reflections after 30 Years of Appreciative Inquiry in Organizational LifeAppreciative Inquiry in Organizational Life

Research in Organizational Change and Development

ISBN: 978-1-78714-436-1, eISBN: 978-1-78714-435-4

ISSN: 0897-3016

Publication date: 28 June 2017

Abstract

This article presents a conceptual refigurationy of action-research based on a “sociorationalist” view of science. The position that is developed can be summarized as follows: For action-research to reach its potential as a vehicle for social innovation it needs to begin advancing theoretical knowledge of consequence; that good theory may be one of the best means human beings have for affecting change in a postindustrial world; that the discipline’s steadfast commitment to a problem solving view of the world acts as a primary constraint on its imagination and contribution to knowledge; that appreciative inquiry represents a viable complement to conventional forms of action-research; and finally, that through our assumptions and choice of method we largely create the world we later discover.

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Cooperrider, D. (2017), "The Gift of New Eyes: Personal Reflections after 30 Years of Appreciative Inquiry in Organizational LifeAppreciative Inquiry in Organizational Life ", Research in Organizational Change and Development (Research in Organizational Change and Development, Vol. 25), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 81-142. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0897-301620170000025003

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