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Defining Appreciative Inquiry


Asif Hamid Charag and Asif Fazili

  1. Doctoral Scholar, Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora, Jammu & Kashmir, India
  2. Head of Department, School of Business Studies Islamic University of Science and Technology Awantipora, Jammu & Kashmir, India

Appreciative Inquiry involves, in a fundamental way, the art and practice of asking questions that strengthen a system’s capacity to comprehend, anticipate, and heighten positive potential. Appreciative Inquiry, relatively a new concept, but a hopeful one, will be giving a steering to the organization’s for their sustainable growth by concentrating on what is working and needs to be valued. This concept gives a fresh dimension to the strategic orientation of an organisation.

The purpose of the present article is to read the various definitions of Appreciative Inquiry proposed by different researchers and practitioners, employing content analysis methodology and establish areas of ‘agreement’ and to construct such a ‘general’ definition of Appreciative Inquiry. This article is divided into three sections. In the first section, content analysis methodology used on Appreciative Inquiry definitions is presented. The second section highlights the key words in various definitions of Appreciative Inquiry and tabulates the definitions through a categorization of ‘substantive terms’. The last section discusses the results of research methodology followed by conclusion and limitations.


Appreciative Inquiry; Holistic Developmental Approach; Organizational Development; Decision Making.

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