Over two decades ago David Cooperrider and Suresh Srivastva’s Appreciative Inquiry into Organizational Life forever changed the way we look at organization development and change—it shifted our attention from the world of organizational life as “a problem-to-be-solved” to the world brimming with innovation and a “universe-of-strengths.” A decade later, Gallup’s landmark research study confirmed this basic principle: a person – or organization– will flourish only by amplifying their strengths, never by fixing weaknesses. Since then, millions of managers and leaders around the world have shifted their attention to strengths. And today, many are now asking, “What’s next?” They want to know to take the strengths mindset beyond its common individual-level talent management application and embed strength-based methods into everything they do across the enterprise and beyond.
The AI Summit method is answering that call. Its application and theory of whole system, strength-based inquiry is transforming every domain of management imaginable: organization strategy formulation; mergers (of strengths)
between large companies and multi-sector partnerships; OD and organization culture development work; product design and branding; information systems design; and igniting networks. It is transforming world summits at the UN and other global change bodies; launching the design of green innovation possibilities; making operational improvements and taking costs out of a business; transforming customer partnerships and relationships; and turning global issues into business and society opportunities for doing good and doing well.
But these applications are only the beginning. We are convinced that the AI Summit will continue to grow in significance and positive possibility as our aching world calls for mindsets, management methods and governance structures that go beyond enterprise resource planning and value chains optimization, and move toward design—to the joint design of whole systems and bio-regions, whole organizations, and whole communities by everyone.
We have just begun to scratch the surface of what is possible when whole-systems and empowered collectives come together in appreciative, generative ways to leverage their combined strengths and innovate for the future. We need to expand our understanding both conceptually and practically of the AI summit and how it is becoming a grassroots-powered transformational macro-management force in organizational life today. This call for papers aims to push the frontiers and solicit new tools and insights for expanding the state-of-the-art applications of the AI Summit.
Submissions may relate to any aspect of the AI Summit, for example, questions may explore:
- How has the AI Summit enable macro-management and crowdsourcing?
- How has the AI Summit catapulted beyond an innovative OD tool to become a new form of management?
- What accounts for the remarkable transformational power of the AI Summit?
- What does the AI Summit teach us about the role of the positive in human system flourishing?
- What does the AI Summit teach us about the stages of large group development?
- Where and how is the AI Summit leading our field away from
deficit-based intervention to a focus on innovation and design
- How the AI Summit can be extended using social networks and online media?
- How can the AI Summit be used as a research methodology?
- What is the potential role of the AI Summit in corporate success and trans-organizational action?
- What are the new tools and designs for the pre-summit, summit, and post-summit planning?
- What do people experience in an AI Summit?
For more possible topic ideas please refer to the additional questions at the end of the call.
Venues: Two simultaneous volumes
This call for papers is really two-fold: it is a call for academic-oriented and practitioner-oriented papers. For each emphasis, we have a different publishing outlet, as follows:
While full papers will be accepted on a rolling basis, we highly recommend that prospective authors to submit a brief paper proposal to allow the editorial team to provide feedback and guidance in the early stages of your writing. The proposal should include the following: (1) An abstract (up to 400 words) that describes the core premise of the paper and emphasizes its contribution to our understanding of the AI Summit, either conceptually or practically; (2) Specification of intended publication venue. If applicable, submission of two different versions to both venues is encouraged; and (3) A brief list/description of any additional resources that you would foresee sharing online as supportive materials to compliment your paper (i.e. videos, web links, workbooks, educational materials, etc. We are especially looking for photographs of AI Summits in action and other visual media to support your contribution.)
Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Early submissions ahead of the deadline are encouraged.
All writing or research genres are equally welcome. Acceptance will be based on an evaluation of the potential for the proposed paper to advance the theory and practice of the AI Summit methodology. Prospective authors are encouraged to contact the editors concerning the appropriateness of their submission.
The submission of a manuscript implies that the author certifies that the material is not copyrighted and is not currently under review for any refereed journal or conference proceedings. If the paper (or any version or part thereof) has appeared, or will appear, in another publication of any kind, the details of such publication must be disclosed to the editors at the time of submission.
|Advances in AI||AI Practitioner|
|Optional (but highly recommended) proposal||August 1, 2011*||August 1, 2011*|
|Full paper draft||January 15, 2012||November 15, 2011|
|Final paper revisions||April 30, 2012||February 15, 2012|
*Please contact Emily Drew at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding late proposal submissions.
If you have any questions about call or the proposal submission process, please contact our project manager, Emily Drew at email@example.com
If you want to have a quick chat about how to best conceptually or practically situate your paper, please call David Cooperrider at 440-364-5077.
For further information and updates see: http://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/aai/
Further Possible Questions to Explore
For further information and updates see: http://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/aai