David Cooperrider

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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[1] 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.[2]

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'".[3][unreliable source?]

Educational background[edit]

Professor Cooperrider completed his undergraduate studies at Augustana College in 1976.[citation needed] He earned a Master's of Science at George Williams University in 1983.[citation needed] His Ph.D. was conferred by Case Western Reserve University in 1985.[citation needed]


Cooperrider is best known for his work in the field of appreciative inquiry, an organizational development (OD) methodology for organizational renewal.

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. [1]
  • Cooperrider, D. L., & Whitney, D. (2008). A positive revolution in change: Appreciative inquiry. [2]


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