David L. Cooperrider, PhD

David Cooperrider

Title: Distinguished University Professor
Company: Case Western Reserve University
Location: Longboat Key, Florida, United States

David Cooperrider, Distinguished University Professor at Case Western Reserve University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in organizational development.

In preparation for his career, Dr. Cooperrider attended Augustana College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1976. He continued his academic pursuits at George Williams College, where he received a Master of Science in 1983, and concluded his higher education at Case Western Reserve University, graduating with a PhD in 1986. Dr. Cooperrider worked as an associate professor of organizational behavior and management at his alma mater, Case Western Reserve University, where he currently holds the title of a distinguished university professor, In this position, he is holds the Covia-David L. Cooperrider Professorship in Appreciative Inquiry at the Weatherhead School of Management as well as the Char and Chuck Fowler Professorship for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. Furthermore, he is the faculty founder and director of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, whose mission is to advance the world where business can excel, people can thrive, and nature can flourish. In 1992, he was the United States delegate to Russia with the United States Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C., and he has since worked as the chairman of research at the National Institute of Applied Behavioral Sciences in Arlington, Virginia.

Dr. Cooperrider believes in a future in which business, nature and people can flourish together. After visiting Hiroshima, Japan, as a young college student, he became determined to seek a path to positive human relationships through human sciences. Through his work, he developed a theory of appreciative inquiry that helped to build the field of positive psychology. Dr. Cooperrider developed a technique to bring large groups of people from different walks of life with the appreciative inquiry summit, which became well-known and was adopted by large organizations including the United States military and the Microsoft Corporation. The United Nations Global Compact grew out of this development, and currently, it is used to advance sustainability goals for the planet. Dr. Cooperrider cites numerous mentors, including Sareh Survasva, P.R. Trucker, Marty Seligman, Jane Dutton, Ron Fyre, Frank Barret and Lindsey Gotland.

In addition to his primary professional pursuits, Dr. Cooperrider is the founder of the International Positive Psychology Association and the Global Forum for Business. Since 1991, he has acted as a consultant to World Vision Romania in Bucharest, and since 1992 he has contributed his knowledge and experience as a United States delegate aid in Washington, D.C. Dr. Cooperrider has also found success through his written work, co-authoring “Appreciative Leadership and Management” in 1991 and contributing numerous articles to professional journals. He is a fellow of the World Business Academy and has been recognized with myriad awards and accolades, including being the eponym of the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry at Champlain College and receiving a grant from the International Conference on Social Innovations in Global Management. As a testament to his success, Dr. Cooperrider has been featured in the 24th edition of Who’s Who in the Midwest.

For more information, please visit:

Weatherhead Faculty Profile

Fowler Center for Business

The David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry – Stiller School of Business

Press Release

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