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Posted 4.8.05

Norsk-Hydro Team will receive Appreciative Inquiry training

When Norsk-Hydro, the Oslo-based Fortune 500 energy and aluminum supplier, surveyed its 36,000 employees based in 40 countries around the world they discovered they needed to look at better ways to invest in their human capital.

The results of the employee satisfaction survey started Norsk-Hydro executives on a search for the best model in the world to implement at their company and achieve a higher level of employee satisfaction.  That search uncovered the Appreciative Inquiry model at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management, created in 1986 by Dr. David Cooperrider, Chairman of the Department of Organizational Behavior.  On April 19th, ten executives from Norsk-Hydro will arrive in Cleveland to spend four days learning about Appreciative Inquiry as part of an executive education program at Weatherhead and getting to know the City of Cleveland at the same.  Its executive team will be touring the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, Tower City, and shopping at Aurora Farms before returning to Norway to apply what they have learned here to their internal management structure.

Norsk-Hydro ASA is a leading offshore producer of oil and gas, the world’s third largest aluminum supplier and a leader in the development of renewable energy sources. 

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