Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach to Building Cooperative Capacity. Frank J. Barrett, Ronald E. Fry. Taos Institute Publications.

Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach to Building Cooperative Capacity Book Cover Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach to Building Cooperative Capacity
Frank J. Barrett, Ronald E. Fry
Taos Institute Publications

Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach to Building Cooperative Capacity is a significant offering by Taos Institute Publishing because it offers both new learners about AI and those who are already practitioners of AI the opportunity to see that the core of AI is about capacity building – something significant to the success of every organization.

As you will read in this book, the strength-based approach to cooperative capacity building starts with the very first question – an unconditional positive question – that moves the organization into the direction of its questions. To increase an organization’s capacity to learn, there are three in depth case studies offered by the authors: Roadway 211, “Medic Inn,” and the Navy’s use of AI. Roadway 211 has used AI diligently in its efforts to become carrier of choice. One of the first in-depth applications of AI during its development was at Medic Inn, discussed in the book in an effort to link to AI’s origins is a process that makes capacity building possible. Lastly, the process at the U.S. Navy is intriguing. As some might say, “if AI can be used successfully in the command-and-control oriented military system, it can work anywhere.”

Barrett and Fry feel the legacy of inquiry is the igniting of cooperative capacity that transforms. They offer us their own “experienced-based belief that AI is a means to inquire into what cooperative capacity is so that we can understand what triggers capacity building.” If you have a hunger to learn about Appreciative Inquiry – or if you want an easily consumed book on AI for client, this book is for you.

Frank J. Barrett is Associate Professor of Management and Organizational Behavior at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. He is also on the faculty of Human and Organizational Development at the Fielding Graduate Institute. His doctoral degrees from Case Western Reserve University where he worked with David Cooperrider and Suresh Srivastva and was part of the group that originated the theory and practice of Appreciative Inquiry. He has published numerous articles on topics in organizational change and learning, appreciative inquiry, and organizational design as improvisation. Frank currently directs the Center for Positive Change at the Naval Postgraduate School. He has co-authored with David Cooperrider and award-winning paper: “Generative Metaphor Intervention.” He is also an active jazz pianist.

Ronald E. Fry is Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where he has directed the Weatherhead School of Management’s internationally recognized Executive MBA program for the past fifteen years. He has recently become the Director of Case’s new Masters Program in Positive Organization Development and Change. Ron was also part of the group that case that originated the theory and practice of AI and currently teaches with his colleague, David Cooperrider, a Certificate Program in Appreciative Inquiry for the Benefit of Business and Society. Ron has published widely on team development, executive leadership, organizational change in appreciative inquiry. He also directs the Institute for advancements in AI as part of Case’s new Center for Business as an Agent for World Benefit.