Research Handbook of Responsible Management
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Research Handbook of Responsible Management

Edited by Oliver Laasch, Roy Suddaby, R. E. Freeman and Dima Jamali

Outlining origins of the field and latest research trends, this Research Handbook offers a unique and cutting-edge take on the numerous avenues to responsible management in the 21st century. Renowned contributors present iconic viewpoints that have formed the foundation of responsible management research, introducing cutting-edge conceptual lenses for the study of the responsible management process.
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Chapter 47: Inquiring into change and innovation for greater responsibility through an appreciative inquiry lens

‘Alim J. Beveridge, Lindsey Godwin and Ignacio Pavez


This chapter explores how Appreciative Inquiry (AI) can inform research on change and innovation for greater ethics, sustainability and responsibility. After briefly detailing the underlying principles of AI, we explore the links between these principles and responsible management scholarship. We demonstrate how AI draws attention to at least three aspects of responsible managers’ approaches to pursuing change, namely: (1) the language managers use as they communicate about change and attempt to engage others; (2) the nature of the vision guiding managers’ change efforts; and (3) the extent to which they rely on of multi-stakeholder dialogue and co-creation. We then provide two brief cases to illustrate how AI has been applied to create responsible change management and innovation. The chapter concludes with suggestions for future research leveraging AI to further expand the theory and practice of responsible management.

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