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Posted 4.5.05

World renowned professor, Dr. David Cooperrider, of Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management, spoke on March 21, 2005, in Herzliya, Israel, as the keynote speaker at the dedication of the IDC Herzliya Arison School of Business.

In his speech, entitled Scenes from A Spiritual Revolution in Business and Society, Cooperrider discussed the revolution in management education, marked by a turn to values that is erasing boundaries between American’s highest values and their business lives.  He introduced the audience to the Center for Business as an Agent for World Benefit (BAWB), founded by Cooperrider and housed at the Weatherhead School of Management.  BAWB uses the Internet to create a “school within a school” with its own concentration of study and the ability to build learning alliances with other management schools like the Arison School, to create a formidable archive of stories of innovations, and to provide expertise for complex national and international projects.

Cooperrider is the author and creator of Appreciative Inquiry (AI), a philosophy and approach to change, grounded in the discipline of Organizational Behavior, which searches for the best in people, their organizations, and the relevant world around them. It involves systematic discovery of strengths, assets, and core capabilities of an organization.  It has been proven to catalyze new thinking about goals, strategies, and organizations as systems. He has met several times with the Dalai Lama and business executives from major companies to discuss the topic of ethics in business, the rapid growth of management education around the world, and how successfully engage the millions of students in business schools today in business ethics.   Additionally, on June 2004, Cooperrider helped the UN Global Compact to design a Leadership Summit and guided a room of 500 CEO's at the United Nations in a full day dialogue to consider what they might do together to eradicate poverty, support human rights, and fight corruption in the world.

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