Faculty – David Cooperrider

DavidCooperrider - Professor, Organizational Behavior

Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship
Professor, Organizational Behavior
Editor, Emerald Publishing

david.cooperrider@case.edu
(216) 368-2121

Initially Appointed: 1984

David L. Cooperrider is the Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Professor Cooperrider is past Chair of the National Academy of Management’s OD Division and has lectured and taught at Harvard, Stanford, University of Chicago, Katholieke University in Belgium, MIT, University of Michigan, Cambridge and others. Cooperrider is founder and Chair of the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value. The center’s core proposition is that sustainability is the business opportunity of the 21st century, indeed that every social and global issue of our day is an opportunity to ignite industry leading eco-innovation, social entrepreneurship, and new sources of value.

Cooperrider has served as advisor to a wide variety of organizations including the Boeing Corporation, Fairmount Minerals, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, McKinsey, Parker, Sherwin Williams, Wal-Mart as well as American Red Cross, American Hospital Association, Cleveland Clinic, and World Vision. Most of the projects are inspired by the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) methodology for which Professor Cooperrider is best known. His founding theoretical work in this area is creating a positive revolution in the leadership of change; it is helping institutions all over the world discover the power of the strength-based approaches to multi-stakeholder innovation and sustainable design. Admiral Clark, the CNO of the Navy, for example brought AI into the Navy for a multiyear project on “Bold and Enlightened Naval Leadership.” In June 2004 Cooperrider was asked by the United Nations to design and facilitate a historic, unprecedented Summit on global corporate citizenship, a meeting between Kofi Annan and 500 business leaders to “unite the strengths of markets with the authority of universal ideals to make globalization work for everyone.” Cooperrider’s work is especially unique because of its ability to enable positive change, innovation, and sustainable design in systems of large and complex scale. At the 2007 international conference on AI hundreds of organizations such as Hewlett-Packard, IDEO, Yahoo!, and US Cellular shared the breakthrough results they are experiencing as a result of becoming “strengths-based organizations”.

Cooperrider often serves as meeting speaker and leader of large group, interactive conference events. His dynamic ideas on appreciative inquiry and sustainable design have been published in journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization and Environment, Human Relations, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Management Inquiry, The OD Practitioner, and in research series such as Advances in Strategic Management. More popularly, Professor Cooperrider’s work has been covered by The New York Times; Forbes; NPR; Science, Fast Company, Fortune, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, Biz Ed and others. He has been recipient of Best Paper of the Year Awards at the Academy of Management and was named top researcher of the year 2005 at Case Western Reserve University. Among his highest honors, Cooperrider was invited to design a series of dialogues among 25 of the world's top religious leaders, started by His Holiness the Dalai Lama who said, "If only the world's religious leaders could just know each other, the world will be a better place." Using AI, the group held meetings in Jerusalem and at the Carter Center with President Jimmy Carter. Cooperrider was recognized in 2000 as among “the top ten visionaries” in the field by Training Magazine and in 2004 received ASTD’s highest award for “distinguished contribution to the field” of organizational learning. Cooperrider received the 2004 Porter Award for best writing from the OD Network, and was named this year’s 2007 Faculty Pioneer for his impact in the field of sustainability by the Aspen Institute.

Cooperrider has published 15 books and authored over 50 articles. Cooperrider’s volumes include Handbook of Transformative Cooperation (with Sandy Piderit and Ron Fry) a series of books on Appreciative Inquiry; The Organization Dimensions of Global Change (with Jane Dutton); Organizational Courage and Executive Wisdom (with Suresh Srivastva). Cooperrider is editor of the research series Advances in Appreciative Inquiry (with Michel Avital) published by Elsevier Science, which is currently going to press with its third volume. Cooperrider’s wife Nancy is an artist. His son Daniel is graduate student at University of Chicago studying the world’s religions; Hannah is an art student at Miami University of Ohio and Matt is a biology and anthropology student at University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

appreciativeinquiry.case.edu
worldbenefit.cwru.edu
www.linkedin.com/in/cooperrider

Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, 1986
M.S., George Williams, 1983
B.A., Augustana College, 1976

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Interests and Courses

Research

Appreciative Inquiry, Large-Scale Whole Systems Change, Sustainable Design, Macro Management.

Teaching

Strengths-based Leadership; Positive Organization Development; Appreciative Inquiry and Strategy.
Have taught in Executive Masters in Business Administration; Masters in Organization Development; Masters in Business Administration; Executive Doctorate in Management; PhD in Organizational Behavior; Masters in Nonprofit Management; Executive Education Programs, and Undergraduate Programs in Management

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Selected Publications

  • Bright, D. S., Fry, R., Cooperrider, D. L. (2014).
    EXPLORING TRANSFORMATIVE INNOVATION THROUGH A WORLD INQUIRY (pp. 341-359). Emerald Publishing:
  • Richley, B. A., Cooperrider, D. L. (2013).
    The Generative Diffusion of Innovation. (vol. 4, pp. 361-376). Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Zandee, D., Godwin, L., Avital, M., Boland, B. (2013).
    Organizational Generativity: The Appreciative Inquiry Summit and a Scholarship of Transformation (vol. 4, pp. 1-478). Bingley, UK: Emerald Press.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Sherman, D., Woychick, E. (2013).
    Strategic Convening for Generative Impact: Enabling Systemic Change in Complex Environements (vol. 4, pp. 32). Bingley, UK:
  • Cooperrider, D. L. (2013).
    The Spark, The Flame and The Torch: The Positive Arc of Systemic Strengths in the Appreciative Inquiry Design Summit (vol. 4, pp. 40). Bingley, UK:
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Zandee, D., Godwin, L., Avital, M., Boland, B., , . (2013).
    Preface to Organizational Generativity (vol. 4, pp. 8). Bingley, UK: Emerald Press.
  • Cooperrider, D. L. (2013).
    A Contemporary Commentary on Appreciative Inquiry Into Organizational Life (vol. 4, pp. 40). Bingley, UK: Emerald Press.
  • Subriana, M., Cooperrider, D. L. (2013).
    APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY An innovative approach to personal and organizational transformation--Inspiration to design our best future. Barcelona: Kairos Publishers.
  • Cooperrider, D. L. (2013).
    The Vertigo of New Vision: Business as an Agent of World Benefit (pp. 12). Axiom Publishing.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R. (2013). In David Cooperrider and Ronald Fry (Ed.),
    The Positive Psychology of Sustainablility (vol. 46, ). London: Journal of Corporate Citizenship.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R. (2013). In David L Cooperrider & Ronald E Fry (Ed.),
    Mirror Flourishing and the Positive Psychology of Sustainability+ (issue 46, pp. 3-12). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Mcquaid, M. (2013).
    The Positive Arc of Systemic Strengths: How Appreciative Inquiry and Sustainable Designing Can Bring Out the Best in Human Systems (vol. 46, pp. 32). London: Journal of Corporate Citizenship.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R. (2013). In D L Cooperrider & R. E. Fry (Ed.),
    Mirror Flourishing and the Positive Psychology of Sustainability+ (vol. 46, pp. 3-12). Sheffield: Emerald.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R. (2012). In David L Cooperrider & Ronald E Fry (Ed.),
    What Might They Call Our Generation? (issue 44, pp. 3-7). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship.
  • Fry, R., Cooperrider, D. L. (2012). In David L Cooperrider & Ronald E. Fry (Ed.),
    Tied into a Single Garment of Destiny (vol. 45, issue Spring, pp. 3-5). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Zhexembayeva, N. (2012).
    Embedded Sustainability and the Innovation Potential of the UN Global Compact's Environmental Principles (pp. 28). London, England: Sage.
  • Cooperrider, D. L. (2012).
    Making Change Easy: The Tiniest Ai Summit in the World The Ai Practitioner: International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Godwin, L., Boland, B., Avital, M. (2012).
    Advances in the Appreciative Inquiry Summit London, England: The Ai Practitioner: International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry.
  • Cooperrider, D. L. (2012).
    The Sustainable Design Factory London, England: The Ai Practitioner: International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry.
  • Cooperrider, D. L. (2012).
    The Concentration Effect of Strengths: How the Whole System Ai Summit Brings Out the Best in Human Enterprise (vol. 42, pp. 25 pages). Maryland Heights, MO : Organizational Dynamics/Elsevier.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Laszlo, C. (2012).
    Innovation's New Frontier Leadership Excellence Magazine.
  • Cooperrider, D. L. (2012).
    Three Circles of the Strengths Revolution (vol. 29, issue 3, ). Provo Utah: Leadership Excellence/Executive Excellence Publishing.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R., , . (2012). In David Cooperrider and Ronald Fry (Ed.),
    Corporate Citizenship is a Matter of World Affairs (issue 41, pp. 3-6). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship/Greenleaf.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R. (2011). In David L Cooperrider & Ronald E Fry (Ed.),
    the Power of Self-Synchronising Expectations: Realities Are Not What They Used to Be (issue 43, pp. 3-6). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Godwin, L., , . (2011).
    Positive Organization Developement: Innovation Inspired Change in a New Economy and Ecology of Strengths Oxford:
  • Fry, R., Cooperrider, D. L., , . (2011). In David Cooperrider and Ronald Fry (Ed.),
    Socially Responsible Communication: Shifting from Access and Informing to Engaging and Interacting (issue 41, pp. 3-5). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship/Greenleaf.
  • Fry, R., Cooperrider, D. L., , . (2011). In David Cooperrider and Ronald Fry (Ed.),
    Editorial: Facing the Complexities of Corporate Responsibility and Accountability (issue 40, pp. 3-6). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship/Greenleaf.
  • Thachenkery, T., Avital, M., Cooperrider, D. L. (2010). In Thachenkery, Cooperrider, Avital (Ed.),
    Introduction to Positive Design and Appreciative Construction (vol. 3, pp. 25). London: Advances in Appreciative Inquiry Vol 3 Emerald Publishing.
  • Thachenkery, T., Cooperrider, D. L., Avital, m. (2010). In Cooperrider and Avital (Ed.),
    Positive Design and Appreciative Construction: From Sustainable Development to Sustainable Value (vol. 3, pp. 300). London: Book Series: Advances in Appreciative Inquiry vol 3 Emerald Publishers.
  • Fry, R., Cooperrider, D. L., , . (2010). In David cooperrider and Ronald Fry (Ed.),
    Developing Tomorow's Business Leaders to Enact Corporate Citizenship (issue 39, pp. 3-6). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship/Greenleaf.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R. (2010).
    Developing Tomorrow's Business Leaders to Enact Corporate Citizenship: The Call and Opportunity for Business Schools (vol. 39, ). Sheffield: Special Issue of The Journal of Corporate Citizenship.
  • Fry, R., Cooperrider, D. L. (2010). In David cooperrider and Ronald Fry (Ed.),
    Can Stakeholder Engagement be Generative? (issue 38, pp. 3-6). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship/Greenleaf.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R. (2010). In Cooperrider, David and Fry, Ron (Ed.),
    Design Inspired Corporate Citizenship (vol. 37, ). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship.
  • Cooperrider, D. L. (2010). In Cooperrider, David and Fry, Ron (Ed.),
    Managing as Designing in an Era of Massive Innovation (vol. spring 2010, issue 37, pp. 10). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R. (2010). In Cooperrider, David and Fry, Ron (Ed.),
    Design Inspired Corporate Citizenship (vol. 37, ). Sheffield: Special Issue of The Journal of Corporate Citzenship.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R. (2010). In David L Cooperrider and Ronald E. Fry (Ed.),
    Design Inspired Corporate Citizenship (issue 37, pp. 3-6). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship.
  • Cooperrider, D. L. (2010).
    The Power of Appreciative Inquiry (pp. 3-6). Berrett Kohler.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R., , . (2010). In Cooperrider and Fry (Ed.),
    A Peter Drucker Moment: Harnessing the Innovation Producing Potential of a Shareholder and Stakeholder Theory of the Firm (vol. 36, pp. 3-6). sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship.
  • Glavas, A., Senge, P., Cooperrider, D. L. (2010).
    Building a Green City on a Blue Lake: A Model for Building a Local Sustainable Economy (vol. 33, issue 1, ). Chicago Illinois: HRPS People and Strategy.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R., , . (2009). In Cooperrider and Fry (Ed.),
    Is Corporate Citizenship Spreading and Shrinking? (vol. Autumn 2009, issue 35, pp. 3-6). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R., , . (2009). In Cooperrider and Fry (Ed.),
    A Journal That Makes a Difference (vol. 33, issue April 2009, pp. 3-6). Sheffield: Journal of Corporate Citizenship.


Presentations

  • Cooperrider, D. L. Wharton School Masters in Positive Psychology, "From Evolution to Concious Co-elevation: A Theory of Positive Change", Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. (2014).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. TEDx United Nations Plaza, "Awe is What Moves Us Forward: Business as an Agent of World Benefit", TED, United Nations in New York. (2013).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. United Nations Leadership University, "“The Positive Arc of Systemic Strengths: How the Appreciative Inquiry Summit Brings Out the Best at World Summits", United Nations, Turin Italy. (2013).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Caribbean Organization Development Conference, "Innovation Inspired Positive Organization Development", Caribbean Organization Development Association , Jamaica. (2013).
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Hunt, M. TEDx , "Business as an Agent of World Benefit", TEDx San Francisco, (2013).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Positive Psychology, "The Discovery and Design of Positive Institutions", University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Management. (2013).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Professional Convention Management Association , "The Complete Convention—Radical Productivity Increases for a $258 Billion Dollar Industry", PCMA, Nashville. (2012).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Appreciative Inquiry Asia Summit, "The Macromanagement of Human Strengths", Assumption University, Bangkok Thailand. (2012).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Organizational Excellence, "Discovery and Design of Positive Institutions", Drucker School of Management, Claremont California. (2012).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Sustainability and Radical Innovation, "2012 Clarke, global meeting, “Heretical Questions Turn Sustainability into an Innovation Engine” ", Clarke, Chicago. (2012).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Fairmount Minerals Global Summit, "Innovations Next Frontier", Fairmount Minerals, Cleveland. (2012).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Positive Psychology, "2012 Unversity of Pennsylvania “The Design of Positive Institutions”", University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Management. (2012).
  • Cooperrider, D. L., Fry, R. Green City Blue Lake Ai Summit, "2011 City of Cleveland “Advancing the Green City on a Blue Lake Through Radical Energy Efficiency” ", City of Cleveland, Cleveland. (2011).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Green Today, Growth Tomorrow, "Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Opportunities", National Grid, Worcester Massachussets. (2011).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Appreciative Inquiry Asian Summit, "Positive Organization Development: Foundations for the New OD", SAIDI, Manilla, Phillipines. (2010).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. 21st Century Leadership, "The Incomplete Revolution: Taking Strengths Management Beyond the Individual to Whole Organizations", Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Cleveland Ohio. (2010).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Global Human Resources, "The Positive Psychology of Human Strengths", Rockwell , Chicago. (2010).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Harvard Conference on Coaching, "The Positive Psychology of Change Leadership", Harvard Medical School, Boston. (2009).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Sustainable Cleveland 2019, "Sustainability: The Business Opportunity of the 21st Century", City of Cleveland, Cleveland. (2009).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. International Positive Psychology World Congress, "Discovery and Design of Positive Institutions: Definitions and a Framework for Research", International Positive Psychology Association, Philadelphia. (2009).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Best of OD International Conference, "Advances in Appreciative Inquiry: The Business Case ", Linkage, Chicago. (2009).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, "Managing as Designing in an Era of Massive Innovation", Fowler Center for Sustainable Value, Weatherhead School of Management. (2009).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. National Peace Academy, "Business as a Force for Peace in High Conflict Zones", Alliance for Peace, Cleveland. (2009).
  • Cooperrider, D. L. Sloan Kettering Leadership Series, "Appreciative Inquiry in Health Care", Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Boston. (2009).


Academic and Professional Activities

  • Board of Directors, International Positive Psychology Association. 2009 - Present
  • Founding Board Member, International Positive Psychology Association. 2007 - Present
  • Session Chair, The Clinton Foundation, Washington DC, 2012 - Present
  • Editor, Journal Editor, Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 2009 - 2013


Awards

  • Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency, The Association of Energy Service Professionals. (2013).
  • Peter Drucker Distinguished Fellow, Drucker School of Management, Claremont University. (2010).
  • Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer of Impact Award, Aspen Institute Program on Business and Society. (2006).



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