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Positive Organizational Development: Beyond Intervention, Toward the Design of Strength-Based Innovation (Hardcover)

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Unifying and Defining the new OD

Innovation-Inspired Positive Organization Development gives shape and coherence to the field's vast potentials and most promising horizons. To underscore the new theory of change transforming the whole of OD, Cooperrider and Godwin provide definition and direction to what they call "the next ipod"--innovation-inspired positive OD. Drawing from decades of real-world experience and experimentation, as well as cataloguing and synthesizing the exciting research and many of the most productive practices from strength-based management, positive psychology and allied disciplines, this book does what French and Bell's enduring classic did for the earliest days of OD. It defines the new OD, describing where it came from and where it is going. It provides a unified resource for bridging theory and practice for managers and change agents of all kinds, by providing a panoramic presentation of methods for working at the individual, organizational, and societal levels--the "three circles of the strengths revolution."

Beyond presenting a new model of change, Innovation-Inspired Positive Organization Development also anchors the vision to a comprehensive set of positive change methods such as Appreciative Inquiry's action research 4-D cycle, the positive-strengths strategy innovation lab, solution-focused team development, positive deviancy analysis, design studio and prototyping tools, biomimicry, the art of the question, whole system multi-stakeholder AI Summit methods, the accelerating strengths network tools, outsourced inspiration practices, the new AI digital planning and design platform, and more.

The result is shape shifting for the field. What was once a fragmented and unassembled jigsaw puzzle is pulled into a conceptually inspiring and pragmatically powerful combined framework. The book shows how the pieces of the strengths revolution puzzle fit together to catalyze a radically new model of change management.

About the Author

David Cooperrider is the Fairmount Minerals Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Cooperrider is past Chair of the National Academy of Management's OD Division and has lectured and taught at Harvard, Stanford, University of Chicago, and Katholieke University in Belgium, MIT, University of Michigan, Cambridge and the Drucker School of Management. David is founder and Chair of the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value. He has served as advisor to several country Presidents and with executives in a wide variety of organizations including the Boeing Corporation, Fairmount Minerals, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, McKinsey, Parker, Sherwin Williams, Dealer Tire, PWC, and Wal-Mart. He has been published in journals such as Organization and Environment, Human Relations, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Management Inquiry, The OD Practitioner and his work has been covered by The New York Times, Forbes, NPR, Science, Fast Company, Fortune, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, Biz Ed and many others. He has worked on 15 books and authored over 50 articles. Among his many awards, he was recently awarded the Peter F. Drucker Distinguished Fellow. Lindsey N. Godwin is an Assistant Professor of Management in the College of Business at Morehead State University. Her work has appeared in a variety of academic and practitioner outlets, including: The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Training & Management Development Methods and many others. Active in the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) community, she is also a knowledge manager for the AI Commons (, the largest open-source resource space for Appreciative Inquiry in the world. In collaboration with David Cooperrider, she designed and co-facilitates a series of online experiential workshops that focus on teaching the foundations of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) to people across the globe.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781118027257
ISBN-10: 1118027256
Publisher: Pfeiffer & Company
Publication Date: March 2nd, 2015
Pages: 350
Language: English