David Cooperrider to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from OD Network

David Cooperrider to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from OD Network

Posted 9.15.17

David Cooperrider to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from OD Network

David L. Cooperrider, Weatherhead’s Fairmount Santrol - David L. Cooperrider Professor in Appreciative Inquiry will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organizational Development Network, the field’s highest honor, during its annual conference, October 14-17 in Chicago, IL.

The OD Network Lifetime Achievement Award is given to those who have served the profession over an extended period of time, have earned the respect and admiration of professional colleagues and have freely engaged not only contemporaries, but all generations of OD practitioners. Past recipients of this award include great scholars and thought leaders such as Harvard University’s Chris Argyris, MIT’s Edgar Schein and former President of National Training Laboratories Edie Seashore. 

Cooperrider was humbled by the honor and credits Weatherhead School of Management. “I’m so grateful for this place—for the unique community we have here, the culture of ideas, amazing students and for the colleagueship with people such as Suresh Srivastva, Ron Fry, Frank Barrett and Lindsey Godwin,” he said. “This has been an incredible place to nurture the ideas of Appreciative Inquiry and all the research we are doing to advance the ideas and practices of Business as an Agent of World Benefit.”

Cooperrider is best known for his original theoretical articulation of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) with his mentor Suresh Srivastva, which was conceived at Case Western Reserve in 1981 during Cooperrider’s PhD research. Today, AI’s strengths-based positive change approach can be seen in the corporate world, the world of public service, economics, education, faith, philanthropy and human science scholarship.  

David Cooperrider offers several Executive Education programs at Weatherhead, including an Appreciative Inquiry Certificate in Positive Business and Society Change (Nov. 15-17), and Weatherhead's newest online course, The New Change Equation (new session starts Jan 29, 2018).


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