Founder and Board Member
Weatherhead School of Management,
Case Western Reserve University,
10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio, 44206-7235,
office (216) 368-2121,
fax (216) 368-4785, (216) 368-2005,
home office: (440) 338-1546.
David Cooperrider, Ph.D., a founder and board member of the Taos Institute is Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and Director of University Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit and Professor, Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
David Cooperrider’s interests include the theory and practice of Appreciative Inquiry(AI) as applied to corporate strategy, change leadership, and postive organizational scholarship. In addition, David is pioneering new horizons in the AI Summit method--a large group and network-based approach-- for advancing business innovation and creative design. David’s founding theory in Appreciative Inquiry is creating a positive revolution in the leadership of change, helping companies and communities around the world discover the power of strength-based approaches to planning, empowerment, and multi-stakeholder collaboration. David's work is especially vital because of its ability to enable strategic change in systems of very large and complex scale, for example with the US Navy, Hewlett-Packard, Parker Hannifin, McKinsey, the United Nations, Wal-Mart, United Way, and the American Society of Association Executives. His most exciting project was with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, President Jimmy Carter, and thousands of religious leaders of every faith, helping to build the United Religions Initiative which now has over 400 peace-building centers located on every continent.
David's most recent passion is an inquiry into "Business as an Agent of World Benefit" where he believes that sustainable design has become the biggest business opportunity of the 21st century; where every social and global issue of our day can be viewed as a business opportunity to ignite industry leading eco-innovation, social entrepreneurship, and new sources of value.
David has published 14 books, authored over 50 articles, and has received numerous awards. He and his wife Nancy live in Chagrin Falls and have three children: Daniel at University of Chicago; Matt at Case Western; and Hannah at Miami University of Ohio.