The Appreciative Inquiry Method: from knowledge elicitation to organisational inquiry

Frank Stowell

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to provide an account of the development of the
Appreciative Inquiry Method (AIM) from its origins as a method for knowledge elicitation to its use as a method of organisational inquiry. In the paper, I describe the contributions that research and practice have made as it evolved into a soft method of inquiry. Although it is clear that Vickers notions of appreciative systems and soft systems methodology are major influences, there are some important practical differences which, in certain circumstances, might be better suited to a situation where access is limited in some way.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalSystems Research and Behavioral Science
Early online date30 Jul 2021
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Publication statusEarly online - 30 Jul 2021

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