Professor David Cooperrider

Professor David Cooperrider, the world’s foremost authority on strengths based, positive change, Case Western Reserve University, USA

Professor David Cooperrider’s founding theoretical work in Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is creating a positive revolution in the leadership of change. With implications for every aspect of business, AI has experienced exponential growth as a change initiative methodology. This growth is testimony to the profound impact AI is having in business, education, healthcare, communities, non-profit and government institutions.

Appreciative Inquiry is the search for the best in people, their organizations and the world around them. AI involves a line of questioning that strengthens an organisation’s ability to understand, anticipate and heighten its positive potential.

Previous change management theories, which came from a deficit-based perspective, resulted in low morale, high turnover, layoffs, distrust of management, low productivity and a general negativity. AI creates an atmosphere of change by focusing on the strengths and not the weaknesses, bringing excitement and enthusiasm back into the organisation. AI not only produces better results, but happier people.

David is the Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. He is past President of the National Academy of Management’s OD Division and has lectured and taught at Harvard, Stanford, University of Chicago, Katholieke University in Belgium, MIT, University of Michigan, Cambridge and others.

Currently David serves as Faculty Director of the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. The center’s core proposition is that sustainable value creation is the business opportunity of the 21st century, indeed that every social and global issue of our day is an opportunity to ignite industry leading innovation, eco-entrepreneurship, and new sources of value.

David speaks at large corporate and association conferences and has served as advisor to a wide variety of organizations including the Boeing Corporation, Fairmount Minerals, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, McKinsey, Parker Hannifin, Sherwin Williams, Wal-Mart, American Red Cross, American Hospital Association, Cleveland Clinic, and World Vision.

David has published 15 books and authored close to 50 articles. Cooperrider’s volumes include Appreciative Inquiry Berrett-Kohler (with Diana Whitney), The Organization Dimensions of Global Change (with Jane Dutton), Organizational Courage and Executive Wisdom and Appreciative Leadership and Management (both with Suresh Srivastva). David is editor of a new academic book series Advances in Appreciative Inquiry (with Michel Avital) published by Elsevier Science.