Faculty – David Cooperrider

David Cooperrider - Professor, Organizational Behavior
Fairmount Santrol - David L. Cooperrider Professor in Appreciative Inquiry
Professor, Organizational Behavior
Distinguished University Professor, Case Western Reserve University
Editor, Emerald Publishing

david.cooperrider@case.edu
216.368.2121
Peter B. Lewis Building 432
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David L. Cooperrider, PhD, holds the Fairmount Santrol - David L. Cooperrider Professorship in Appreciative Inquiry at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, where he is the faculty founder of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. Cooperrider is best known for his original theoretical articulation of “AI” or Appreciative Inquiry with his mentor Suresh Srivastva. Today AI’s approach to strengths-inspired instead of problematizing change is being practiced everywhere: the corporate world, the world of public service, of economics, of education, of faith, of philanthropy, and social science scholarship—it is affecting them all. Jane Nelson, at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Leadership recently wrote, “David Cooperrider is one of the outstanding scholar-practitioners of our generation.”

Cooperrider has served as advisor to prominent leaders in business and society, including projects with five Presidents and/or Nobel Laureates such as William Jefferson Clinton, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kofi Annan, and Jimmy Carter. David advises a wide variety of corporations including Apple, Johnson & Johnson, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Verizon, Hunter Douglas, Cleveland Clinic, National Grid, The J.M. Smucker Company, Clarke, Fairmount Minerals, McKinsey, Parker, Dealer Tire, and Wal-Mart as well as the Navy, Red Cross, United Way of America, and the United Nations. Cooperrider is also a founding Board Member of the Taos Institute and the International Association of Positive Psychology.

Cooperrider has published 25 books and authored over 100 articles and book chapters. He has served as editor of both the JOURNAL OF CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP with Ron Fry and the current academic research four-volume series on ADVANCES FOR APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY, with Michel Avital. In 2010 David was honored with the Peter F. Drucker Distinguished Fellow award. David’s books include APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY: A POSITIVE REVOLUTION IN CHANGE (with Diana Whitney); THE ORGANIZATION DIMENSIONS OF GLOBAL CHANGE (with Jane Dutton); ORGANIZATIONAL COURAGE AND EXECUTIVE WISDOM (with Suresh Srivastva); and THE STRENGTHS-BASED LEADERSHIP HANDBOOK (with Brun & Ejsing.) Cooperrider’s work has received many awards including Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning by ASTD; the Porter Award for best writing in the field of Organization Development and the Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer Award. In 2016 he was named as one of the nation’s top thought leaders by Trust Across America and honored as one of AACSB’s “Most Influential Leaders.”

In the highest recognition, Champlain College’s Stiller School of Business honored Cooperrider’s impact with an academic center in his name. Opened in 2014 it is called the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry, and Cooperrider serves as its Honorary Chair. For the center’s dedication Professor Marty Seligman, the father of the positive psychology movement wrote: “David Cooperrider is a giant: a giant of discovery, a giant of dissemination, and a giant of generosity.” Likewise Jane Dutton, former President of the Academy of Management said, “David Cooperrider is changing the world with his ideas and who he is as a person. There are few who combine such insight, inspiration and energy.”

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PhD, Case Western Reserve University, 1986
MS, George Williams, 1983
BA, Augustana College, 1976

Initially Appointed: 1984

Interests and Courses

Research

Appreciative Inquiry, Large-Scale Whole Systems Change, Sustainable Design, Macro Management.

Teaching

Strengths-based Leadership; Positive Organization Development; Appreciative Inquiry and Strategy.

Have taught in Executive Masters in Business Administration; Masters in Organization Development; Masters in Business Administration; Executive Doctorate in Management; PhD in Organizational Behavior; Masters in Nonprofit Management; Executive Education Programs, and Undergraduate Programs in Management

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Selected Publications

  • Cooperrider, D. L., Diana, W. (2016).
    L’Appreciative Inquiry : Une révolution positive Paris:
  • Hippe-Braun, P. H., Cooperrider, d. L., Mikkel, E. (2016).
    The Strengths-Based Leadership Handbook Ohio: Crown Custom Publishing.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Lindsey, G. (2015).
    Elevation and Change: An Eight-Step Platform for P.O.S.I.T.I.V.E. Change (vol. 17, issue 3, ). London:
  • Laszlo, C., Saillant, R., Cooperrider, D. L., Brown, J. S. (2014).
    Flourishing Enterprise: The New Spirit of Business Stanford University Press.
  • Bright, D. S., Fry, R., Cooperrider, D. L. (2014).
    Exploring Transformative Innovation Through a World Inquiry (pp. 341-359). Emerald Publishing:
  • Bright, D. S., Fry, R., Cooperrider, D. L. (2014).
    Exploring Transformative Innovation Through a World Inquiry (pp. 341-359). Emerald Publishing:
  • Richley, B. A., Cooperrider, D. L. (2013).
    The Generative Diffusion of Innovation. (vol. 4, pp. 361-376). Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Zandee, D., Godwin, L., Avital, M., Boland, B. (2013).
    Organizational Generativity: The Appreciative Inquiry Summit and a Scholarship of Transformation (vol. 4, pp. 1-478). Bingley, UK: Emerald Press.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Sherman, D., Woychick, E. (2013).
    Strategic Convening for Generative Impact: Enabling Systemic Change in Complex Environements (vol. 4, pp. 32). Bingley, UK:
  • Cooperrider, D. L. (2013).
    The Spark, The Flame and The Torch: The Positive Arc of Systemic Strengths in the Appreciative Inquiry Design Summit (vol. 4, pp. 40). Bingley, UK:
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Zandee, D., Godwin, L., Avital, M., Boland, B., , . (2013).
    Preface to Organizational Generativity (vol. 4, pp. 8). Bingley, UK: Emerald Press.
  • Cooperrider, D. L. (2013).
    A Contemporary Commentary on Appreciative Inquiry Into Organizational Life (vol. 4, pp. 40). Bingley, UK: Emerald Press.
  • Subriana, M., Cooperrider, D. L. (2013).
    APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY An innovative approach to personal and organizational transformation--Inspiration to design our best future. Barcelona: Kairos Publishers.
  • Cooperrider, D. L. (2013).
    The Vertigo of New Vision: Business as an Agent of World Benefit (pp. 12). Axiom Publishing.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R. (2013). In David Cooperrider and Ronald Fry (Ed.),
    The Positive Psychology of Sustainablility (vol. 46, ). London: Journal of Corporate Citizenship.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R. (2013). In David L Cooperrider & Ronald E Fry (Ed.),
    Mirror Flourishing and the Positive Psychology of Sustainability+ (issue 46, pp. 3-12). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Mcquaid, M. (2013).
    The Positive Arc of Systemic Strengths: How Appreciative Inquiry and Sustainable Designing Can Bring Out the Best in Human Systems (vol. 46, pp. 32). London: Journal of Corporate Citizenship.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R. (2013). In D L Cooperrider & R. E. Fry (Ed.),
    Mirror Flourishing and the Positive Psychology of Sustainability+ (vol. 46, pp. 3-12). Sheffield: Emerald.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R. (2012). In David L Cooperrider & Ronald E Fry (Ed.),
    What Might They Call Our Generation? (issue 44, pp. 3-7). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship.
  • Fry, R., Cooperrider, D. L. (2012). In David L Cooperrider & Ronald E. Fry (Ed.),
    Tied into a Single Garment of Destiny (vol. 45, issue Spring, pp. 3-5). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Zhexembayeva, N. (2012).
    Embedded Sustainability and the Innovation Potential of the UN Global Compact's Environmental Principles (pp. 28). London, England: Sage.
  • Cooperrider, D. L. (2012).
    Making Change Easy: The Tiniest Ai Summit in the World The Ai Practitioner: International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Godwin, L., Boland, B., Avital, M. (2012).
    Advances in the Appreciative Inquiry Summit London, England: The Ai Practitioner: International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry.
  • Cooperrider, D. L. (2012).
    The Sustainable Design Factory London, England: The Ai Practitioner: International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry.
  • Cooperrider, D. L. (2012).
    The Concentration Effect of Strengths: How the Whole System Ai Summit Brings Out the Best in Human Enterprise (vol. 42, pp. 25 pages). Maryland Heights, MO : Organizational Dynamics/Elsevier.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Laszlo, C. (2012).
    Innovation's New Frontier Leadership Excellence Magazine.
  • Cooperrider, D. L. (2012).
    Three Circles of the Strengths Revolution (vol. 29, issue 3, ). Provo Utah: Leadership Excellence/Executive Excellence Publishing.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R., , . (2012). In David Cooperrider and Ronald Fry (Ed.),
    Corporate Citizenship is a Matter of World Affairs (issue 41, pp. 3-6). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship/Greenleaf.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R. (2011). In David L Cooperrider & Ronald E Fry (Ed.),
    the Power of Self-Synchronising Expectations: Realities Are Not What They Used to Be (issue 43, pp. 3-6). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Godwin, L., , . (2011).
    Positive Organization Developement: Innovation Inspired Change in a New Economy and Ecology of Strengths Oxford:
  • Fry, R., Cooperrider, D. L., , . (2011). In David Cooperrider and Ronald Fry (Ed.),
    Socially Responsible Communication: Shifting from Access and Informing to Engaging and Interacting (issue 41, pp. 3-5). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship/Greenleaf.
  • Fry, R., Cooperrider, D. L., , . (2011). In David Cooperrider and Ronald Fry (Ed.),
    Editorial: Facing the Complexities of Corporate Responsibility and Accountability (issue 40, pp. 3-6). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship/Greenleaf.
  • Thachenkery, T., Avital, M., Cooperrider, D. L. (2010). In Thachenkery, Cooperrider, Avital (Ed.),
    Introduction to Positive Design and Appreciative Construction (vol. 3, pp. 25). London: Advances in Appreciative Inquiry Vol 3 Emerald Publishing.
  • Thachenkery, T., Cooperrider, D. L., Avital, M. (2010). In Cooperrider and Avital (Ed.),
    Positive Design and Appreciative Construction: From Sustainable Development to Sustainable Value (vol. 3, pp. 300). London: Book Series: Advances in Appreciative Inquiry vol 3 Emerald Publishers.
  • Fry, R., Cooperrider, D. L., , . (2010). In David cooperrider and Ronald Fry (Ed.),
    Developing Tomorow's Business Leaders to Enact Corporate Citizenship (issue 39, pp. 3-6). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship/Greenleaf.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R. (2010).
    Developing Tomorrow's Business Leaders to Enact Corporate Citizenship: The Call and Opportunity for Business Schools (vol. 39, ). Sheffield: Special Issue of The Journal of Corporate Citizenship.
  • Fry, R., Cooperrider, D. L. (2010). In David cooperrider and Ronald Fry (Ed.),
    Can Stakeholder Engagement be Generative? (issue 38, pp. 3-6). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship/Greenleaf.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R. (2010). In Cooperrider, David and Fry, Ron (Ed.),
    Design Inspired Corporate Citizenship (vol. 37, ). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship.
  • Cooperrider, D. L. (2010). In Cooperrider, David and Fry, Ron (Ed.),
    Managing as Designing in an Era of Massive Innovation (vol. spring 2010, issue 37, pp. 10). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R. (2010). In Cooperrider, David and Fry, Ron (Ed.),
    Design Inspired Corporate Citizenship (vol. 37, ). Sheffield: Special Issue of The Journal of Corporate Citzenship.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R. (2010). In David L Cooperrider and Ronald E. Fry (Ed.),
    Design Inspired Corporate Citizenship (issue 37, pp. 3-6). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship.
  • Cooperrider, D. L. (2010).
    The Power of Appreciative Inquiry (pp. 3-6). Berrett Kohler.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R., , . (2010). In Cooperrider and Fry (Ed.),
    A Peter Drucker Moment: Harnessing the Innovation Producing Potential of a Shareholder and Stakeholder Theory of the Firm (vol. 36, pp. 3-6). sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship.
  • Glavas, A., Senge, P., Cooperrider, D. L. (2010).
    Building a Green City on a Blue Lake: A Model for Building a Local Sustainable Economy (vol. 33, issue 1, ). Chicago Illinois: HRPS People and Strategy.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R., , . (2009). In Cooperrider and Fry (Ed.),
    Is Corporate Citizenship Spreading and Shrinking? (vol. Autumn 2009, issue 35, pp. 3-6). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R., , . (2009). In Cooperrider and Fry (Ed.),
    A Journal That Makes a Difference (vol. 33, issue April 2009, pp. 3-6). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship.
  • Brun, P. H., Cooperrider, D. L.
    Leading From a Strengths-Based Perspective (pp. 350). Crown Custom Publishing.

Presentations

  • Cooperrider, D. L. Keynote George Mason Well-Being Conference, "Mirror Flourishing: How Sustainability Elevates the Best in Human Systems", George Mason University, Washington DC. (2016).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Keynote Masters in Applied Positive Psychology, "Appreciative Inquiry and Designerly Ways of Knowing", University of Pennsylvania at Wharton School, Wharton School, Philidelphia. (2016).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Keynote World Congress on Appreciative Inquiry, "Re-Discovering Positive Institutions ", University of Johannesburg, South Africa. (2015).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Keynote United Nations, "The World Inquiry into Business as an Agent of World Benefit", UN PRME, New York. (2015).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Keynote World Congress on Positive Psychology, "The Discovery and Design of Positive Instititions", International Positive Psychology Association, Orlando. (2015).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Business Alliance for the Future, "Business and Five Once-in-a Civilization Opportunities", World Business Academy, California. (2014).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Wharton School Masters in Positive Psychology, "From Evolution to Concious Co-elevation: A Theory of Positive Change", Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. (2014).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. TEDx United Nations Plaza, "Awe is What Moves Us Forward: Business as an Agent of World Benefit", TED, United Nations in New York. (2013).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. United Nations Leadership University, "“The Positive Arc of Systemic Strengths: How the Appreciative Inquiry Summit Brings Out the Best at World Summits", United Nations, Turin Italy. (2013).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Caribbean Organization Development Conference, "Innovation Inspired Positive Organization Development", Caribbean Organization Development Association , Jamaica. (2013).
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Hunt, M. TEDx , "Business as an Agent of World Benefit", TEDx San Francisco, (2013).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Positive Psychology, "The Discovery and Design of Positive Institutions", University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Management. (2013).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Professional Convention Management Association , "The Complete Convention—Radical Productivity Increases for a $258 Billion Dollar Industry", PCMA, Nashville. (2012).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Appreciative Inquiry Asia Summit, "The Macromanagement of Human Strengths", Assumption University, Bangkok Thailand. (2012).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Organizational Excellence, "Discovery and Design of Positive Institutions", Drucker School of Management, Claremont California. (2012).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Sustainability and Radical Innovation, "2012 Clarke, global meeting, “Heretical Questions Turn Sustainability into an Innovation Engine” ", Clarke, Chicago. (2012).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Fairmount Minerals Global Summit, "Innovations Next Frontier", Fairmount Minerals, Cleveland. (2012).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Positive Psychology, "2012 Unversity of Pennsylvania “The Design of Positive Institutions”", University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Management. (2012).
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R. Green City Blue Lake Ai Summit, "2011 City of Cleveland “Advancing the Green City on a Blue Lake Through Radical Energy Efficiency” ", City of Cleveland, Cleveland. (2011).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Green Today, Growth Tomorrow, "Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Opportunities", National Grid, Worcester Massachussets. (2011).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Appreciative Inquiry Asian Summit, "Positive Organization Development: Foundations for the New OD", SAIDI, Manilla, Phillipines. (2010).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. 21st Century Leadership, "The Incomplete Revolution: Taking Strengths Management Beyond the Individual to Whole Organizations", Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Cleveland Ohio. (2010).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Global Human Resources, "The Positive Psychology of Human Strengths", Rockwell , Chicago. (2010).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Harvard Conference on Coaching, "The Positive Psychology of Change Leadership", Harvard Medical School, Boston. (2009).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Sustainable Cleveland 2019, "Sustainability: The Business Opportunity of the 21st Century", City of Cleveland, Cleveland. (2009).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. International Positive Psychology World Congress, "Discovery and Design of Positive Institutions: Definitions and a Framework for Research", International Positive Psychology Association, Philadelphia. (2009).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Best of OD International Conference, "Advances in Appreciative Inquiry: The Business Case ", Linkage, Chicago. (2009).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, "Managing as Designing in an Era of Massive Innovation", Fowler Center for Sustainable Value, Weatherhead School of Management. (2009).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. National Peace Academy, "Business as a Force for Peace in High Conflict Zones", Alliance for Peace, Cleveland. (2009).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Sloan Kettering Leadership Series, "Appreciative Inquiry in Health Care", Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Boston. (2009).

Academic and Professional Activities

  • Honorary Chair, David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry. 2014 - Present
  • Board of Directors, International Positive Psychology Association. 2009 - Present
  • Founding Board Member, International Positive Psychology Association. 2007 - Present
  • Honorary Chair, World Conference for Appreciative Inquiry. 2001 - Present
  • Committee Chair, PhD Admissions Committee OB Department, 2015 - Present
  • Faculty Advisor, Fowler Center Advisory Board, 2015 - Present
  • Session Chair, The Clinton Foundation, Washington DC, 2012 - Present
  • Editor, Journal Editor, Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 2009 - 2013

Awards

  • David Cooperrider Named Trust Across America 2015 Pioneering Thought Leaders, Trust Across America. (2015).
  • AACSB Honors David Cooperrider "One of the Most Influential Leaders in the Field" , AACSB. (2015).
  • David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry, Stiller School of Business at Champlain College. (2015).
  • David Cooperrider Named Case Western Reserve University Distinguished Researcher Award, Case Western Reserve University. (2015).
  • Named one of the field's top 23 "Intellectual Shamans in Management Thought", Book by Sandra Waddock on "Intellectual Shamans of Management Thought" . (2015).
  • Fairmount Santrol | David L. Cooperrider Professor of Appreciative Inquiry, Fairmount Santrol. (2014).
  • Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency, The Association of Energy Service Professionals. (2013).
  • Peter Drucker Distinguished Fellow, Drucker School of Management, Claremont University. (2010).
  • Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer of Impact Award, Aspen Institute Program on Business and Society. (2006).