Presenter: Rev Dr Raymond Reddicliffe

This paper examines key elements such as theological ideas, notions of spirituality, incorporation of values, and engagement with ethical systems; and discusses how these are represented and/or applied in positive organizational change processes. The methodological approach adopted is to evaluate the legacy of two early 20th Century theologians concerned with religion, spirituality, values and ethics and consider their respective contributions to organizational change. The contributions of Albert Schweitzer and Rudolph Otto to the beginnings and development of Appreciative Inquiry are assessed. It is concluded that elements of their work have helped shape AI; and there are grounds for regarding AI as a positive change process with particular relevance for organizations with a religious or spiritual identity.

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