Friday, June 3rd — Jean M. Bartunek

Jean M. Bartunek ( is the Robert A., and Evelyn J. Ferris Chair and Professor of Organization Studies in the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. Her PhD in social and organizational psychology is from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a fellow and past president of the Academy of Management, from which she won a career distinguished service award in 2009 and for which she had served as the chairperson of the Organization Development and Change division. She has published five books and over 100 journal articles and book chapters. Her research focuses on organizational change and academic-practitioner relationships. She is a member of several editorial boards, including the Academy of Management Journal (from which she won a “best reviewer” award three times), Administrative Science Quarterly, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Human Relations, and the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. Her work has won “best paper” awards from the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science and Human Relations. She is currently one of four co-editors of a special topic forum in the Academy of Management Review on compassion and caring in organizations.

Presentation Title: Academic/Practitioner Boundary spanning and its discontents

Short abstract: Professional/executive doctoral programs are often described as producing boundary spanners between academic theorizing and practice applications, between rigor and relevance. This implies that graduates can easily communicate with both academics and practitioners in ways that both understand and appreciate. Is this what happens in the programs? In theory and in practice? Based on their application of Luhmann’s systems theory, Kieser and Leiner, (Journal of Management Studies, 2009) argued that by definition such boundary spanning is impossible. Others have questioned the extent to which it happens in practice. In this presentation I will address some complexities about professional doctoral programs and academic-practitioner boundary spanning more generally.

Friday, June 3rd — Gahl Berkooz

Dr. Gahl Berkooz is an innovation and transformation business leader with over 20 years of experience leading successful change initiatives, delivering game-changing innovations and building winning strategies.  His track record includes enabling cost reductions in product development, sourcing, and manufacturing while optimizing product offerings and value delivered to the customer. Gahl is a recognized thought leader with strong record of publications and conference presentations in information technology and product development. At Ford, Dr. Berkooz provides business innovation and integration leadership to help Ford achieve its global transformation objectives. He founded and leads the Business Information Standards and Integration area (Information Management) at Ford. Prior to joining Ford he founded and grew a technology services company. Dr. Berkooz received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Cornell University.

Presentation Title: Corporate Management Engagement with Research—Understanding the Critical Success Factors

Short Abstract: Why is some research highly influential on corporate management?, which characteristics of a research program are critical to its success in making a contribution to corporations?, and what are the unique contributions an academic research program can make that are not available from consultants or commercial information sources? Interactive discussion, examples of applied management research at Ford Motor Company, and insights from academic research, entrepreneurship, and corporate management will come together to explore these fascinating questions.

Saturday, June 4th — David Cooperrider

David Cooperrider, PhD, is the Faculty Director and is the Fairmount Santrol - David L. Cooperrider Professor in Appreciative Inquiry at the Weatherhead School of Management. Since 1991, David has served on the faculty of the Department of Organizational Behavior at Weatherhead, with a secondary appointment in International Health, the Division of General Medical Sciences, Case School of Medicine. David’s research interests include the theory and practice of Appreciative Inquiry (AI), organization development and change, advances in “business as an agent of world benefit,” positive organizational scholarship, and qualitative theory-building methods. He is best known for the AI methodology that he co-developed. David’s founding theory in this area is creating a positive revolution in the leadership of change, helping companies around the world discover the power of strength-based approaches to planning and multi-stakeholder cooperation. His work is especially vital because of its ability to enable positive change in systems of very large and complex scales, for example with the US Navy, Hewlett-Packard, Parker Hannifin, Mckinsey, the United Nations, and Verizon.

Presentation Title: The Discovery and Design of Positive Institutions: Appreciative Inquiry and Engaged Scholarship for Sustainable Value

Short Abstract: One of the most exciting developments in positive psychology and strengths-based managerial practice—what some have called the 3rd pillar focusing on “positive institutions”—is the methodology and philosophy of Appreciative Inquiry or “AI”. In the years since the original theory for Appreciative Inquiry into Organizational Life was articulated at Case Western Reserve University, there have been thousands of scholars, leaders, and students involved in co-creating new concepts and practices for understanding Appreciative Inquiry, and for bringing its life-centric spirit of inquiry into organizations and institutions all over the world. As Bob Quinn wrote “Appreciative Inquiry is revolutionizing the field of organization development”.

In this talk, David Cooperrider defines positive institutions as organizations that elevate, combine and magnify, and refract our highest human strengths into the world. It’s through positive institutions, proposes Cooperrider, that we as human beings magnify and bring more love, wisdom, humanity, and courage and other VIA strengths into the world. Through narratives and video clips from Cooperrider’s most recent research into “business as an agent of world benefit” this session shares how AI’s engaged scholarship is used in the discovery/design of positive institutions and responds to the call for more “generative theory” in the human sciences.