The gift of new eyes: Personal reflections after 30 years of appreciative inquiry in organizational life

  title={The gift of new eyes: Personal reflections after 30 years of appreciative inquiry in organizational life},
  author={David L. Cooperrider},
  journal={Research in Organizational Change and Development},
  • David L. Cooperrider
  • Published 28 June 2017
  • Education
  • Research in Organizational Change and Development
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… 

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