Get 20M+ Full-Text Papers For Less Than $1.50/day. Start a 14-Day Trial for You or Your Team.

Learn More →

Appreciative designa

Appreciative designa Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is an inquiry into the ‘best of’ what already exists in a system. It is a search to discover the life‐giving forces of the system. Organizations grow in the direction of what they study and, in this sense, invent themselves. AI asserts if good and bad exist in any system, we can choose to study the ‘good’ instead of the ‘bad’. Unfortunately, we are well trained through problem‐solving to study the ‘bad’ instead of the ‘good’. However, by changing what is ‘studied’ in the organization, the system can ‘reinvent’ itself. When using an appreciative inquiry (AI) approach, the questions we ask will determine what we find. Thus, shaping the inquiry is critical. The questions asked will reveal the life‐giving forces of the system. Once those are discovered, the next stage in the process is to dream of what could be. Then comes the design phase: creating the infrastructure that will bridge the best of what is with what could be. The system can then live its destiny by strengthening its affirmative capability. Appreciative Design differs from traditional approaches to organizational design in that it is not a method of problem‐solving; rather it is a way to design a system around identified life‐giving forces. In this paper, the author will present a model for ‘Appreciative Design’. Examples from consulting work and an instructional design class will be used for illustrative purposes. How ‘Appreciative Design’ could be used to reinvent educational systems will also be discussed. Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Systems Research & Behavioral Science Wiley

Loading next page...
 
/lp/wiley/appreciative-designa-irAVbdPlZ4

References (16)

Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
"Copyright © 2001 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company"
ISSN
1092-7026
eISSN
1099-1743
DOI
10.1002/sres.427
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is an inquiry into the ‘best of’ what already exists in a system. It is a search to discover the life‐giving forces of the system. Organizations grow in the direction of what they study and, in this sense, invent themselves. AI asserts if good and bad exist in any system, we can choose to study the ‘good’ instead of the ‘bad’. Unfortunately, we are well trained through problem‐solving to study the ‘bad’ instead of the ‘good’. However, by changing what is ‘studied’ in the organization, the system can ‘reinvent’ itself. When using an appreciative inquiry (AI) approach, the questions we ask will determine what we find. Thus, shaping the inquiry is critical. The questions asked will reveal the life‐giving forces of the system. Once those are discovered, the next stage in the process is to dream of what could be. Then comes the design phase: creating the infrastructure that will bridge the best of what is with what could be. The system can then live its destiny by strengthening its affirmative capability. Appreciative Design differs from traditional approaches to organizational design in that it is not a method of problem‐solving; rather it is a way to design a system around identified life‐giving forces. In this paper, the author will present a model for ‘Appreciative Design’. Examples from consulting work and an instructional design class will be used for illustrative purposes. How ‘Appreciative Design’ could be used to reinvent educational systems will also be discussed. Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Journal

Systems Research & Behavioral ScienceWiley

Published: Jul 1, 2001

Keywords: ; ; ;

There are no references for this article.