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David Cooperrider (born July 14, 1954) grew up in Oak Park Illinois, and is the Fairmount Minerals Chair and Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, and Faculty Director at the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at Case.
According to Ode, "In the field of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, David leads the movement towards a more sustainable future, as manifested in many international forums and gatherings, such as the Global Forum 'Business as an Agent of World Benefit: Management Knowledge Leading Positive Change'".[unreliable source?]
Professor Cooperrider completed his undergraduate studies at Augustana College in 1976. He earned a Master's of Science at George Williams University in 1983. His Ph.D. was conferred by Case Western Reserve University in 1985.
His works include:
- Cooperrider, D. L., Whitney, D., & Stavros, J. M. (2003). Appreciative inquiry handbook. Bedford Heights, OH: Lakeshore Publishers.
- Cooperrider, D. L. (2007). Business as an agent of world benefit: Awe is what moves us forward. 
- Cooperrider, D. L., & Whitney, D. (2008). A positive revolution in change: Appreciative inquiry.