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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

what is appreciative inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry is the strive to search and find the best in in people, their organizations, and their environment with focus on what is relevant to them at any point in time.
According to wikipedia :
n Organizational development (OD), Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a process for engaging people across the system in renewal, change and focused performance. The basic idea is to build organizations around what works, rather than trying to fix what doesn't. A proven benefit of the approach is its reliance on the acknowledgement of contribution at the individual level, which leads to trust and organizational alignment. Since the method creates meaning by drawing from stories of concrete successes and lends itself to cross-industrial social activities, it is enjoyable and natural to many managers, who are thought to be naturally social people focused on the bottom line.

Appreciative Inquiry was developed by David Cooperrider of Case Western Reserve University. It is now a commonly accepted practice in the evaluation of organizational development strategy and implementation of organizational effectiveness tactics.

Appreciative Inquiry utilizes a 4-stage process focusing on:

  1. DISCOVER: The identification of organizational processes that work well.
  2. DREAM: The envisioning of processes that would work well in the future.
  3. DESIGN: Planning and prioritizing processes that would work well.
  4. DESTINY (or DELIVER): The implementation (execution) of the proposed design.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appreciative_Inquiry


found other links about appreciative Inquiry at

1. what is appreciative Inquiry
http://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/intro/whatisai.cfm
2. portal on appreciative Inquiry http://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/

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