Title

Employing Theoretical Infusions Toward Evolving Appreciative Inquiry Methodologies

Format Type

Plenary

Format Type

Workshop

Start Date

14-1-2021 2:30 PM

End Date

14-1-2021 3:20 PM

Abstract

This workshop draws upon research from my doctoral dissertation addressing how one team at a Silicon Valley technology company engaged with their cultural contexts to provide an impetus for transformation. As a practice, Appreciative Inquiry invites practitioners to adapt and evolve its tools and methodology as applications of its methodology grow. And as part of my dissertation, I received training and certification as an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator, and I deeply investigated both the theoretical and qualitative understandings and applications of appreciative inquiry in a variety of settings and in a variety of ways, noting some ways in which the application of the methodology may prove problematic for qualitative researchers. In this workshop, I will share the approach I employed for resolving methodological challenges through the infusion of complementary theories and (re)design of appreciative methods. Participants will be invited to bring an example inquiry question to this session, receive a brief introduction to appreciative inquiry and its methods, and explore strategies for adapting those methods with complementary theories and/or methodologies. Specifically, we will workshop the pair appreciative interview tool and experiment with adaptations aimed at improving the tool's efficacy and resolving potential methodological and paradigmatic conflict for their chosen inquiry. So bring your burning and budding inquiries, and prepare to explore and experiment together!

Keywords

research strategy and design, appreciative inquiry, transdisciplinarity, integral theory

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Jan 14th, 2:30 PM Jan 14th, 3:20 PM

Employing Theoretical Infusions Toward Evolving Appreciative Inquiry Methodologies

This workshop draws upon research from my doctoral dissertation addressing how one team at a Silicon Valley technology company engaged with their cultural contexts to provide an impetus for transformation. As a practice, Appreciative Inquiry invites practitioners to adapt and evolve its tools and methodology as applications of its methodology grow. And as part of my dissertation, I received training and certification as an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator, and I deeply investigated both the theoretical and qualitative understandings and applications of appreciative inquiry in a variety of settings and in a variety of ways, noting some ways in which the application of the methodology may prove problematic for qualitative researchers. In this workshop, I will share the approach I employed for resolving methodological challenges through the infusion of complementary theories and (re)design of appreciative methods. Participants will be invited to bring an example inquiry question to this session, receive a brief introduction to appreciative inquiry and its methods, and explore strategies for adapting those methods with complementary theories and/or methodologies. Specifically, we will workshop the pair appreciative interview tool and experiment with adaptations aimed at improving the tool's efficacy and resolving potential methodological and paradigmatic conflict for their chosen inquiry. So bring your burning and budding inquiries, and prepare to explore and experiment together!