Appreciative Inquiry founder lectures on how to advance business innovation

Appreciative Inquiry founder lectures on how to advance business innovation
September 16, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

The Department of Management and Organizational Behavior will present “Appreciative Inquiry: Foundations in Positive Organizational Development” with David L. Cooperrider, Ph.D. from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 11 in the Tellabs Lecture Hall, Birck Hall Room 112. Cooperrider’s interests include the theory and practice of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) as it is applied to corporate strategy, change leadership and positive organizational scholarship. He is pioneering new horizons in the AI Summit method – a large group and network-based approach – advancing business innovation and creative design. His most recent passion is an inquiry into “Business as an Agent of World Benefit.” He believes that sustainable design has become the biggest opportunity of the 21st century, and that every social and global issue of the day can be viewed as a business opportunity to ignite industry-leading eco-innovation, social entrepreneurship and new sources of value. An alumnus of the George Williams College’s Organization Development program, Cooperrider has served as researcher and consultant to a variety of organizations including Allstate, GTE-Verizon, Roadway Express and United Way of America. The Contemporary Trends in Change Management Lecture Series at Benedictine University is open to the public, but seating is limited. Registration is required. The cost is $490. For more information on the lecture, call (630) 829-6223.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.