Appreciative Embodiment - En undersøgende kritik samt videreudvikling af Appreciative Inquiry i et kropsligt perspektiv: Appreciative Embodiment. A critical investigation and development of Appreciative Inquiry in a bodily perspective

Mille Persson Duvander

Studenteropgave: Speciale


Executive summary This study is based on the organizational theory Appreciative Inquiry (AI) that develops organizations by focusing on the strengths and resources available within the organization. The investigation concerns the position bodies have in this type of organizational communication, and the study is placed in the field of interpersonal communication. The empirical basis contains three parts: 1. Observations, video recordings, interviews and field notes from a social constructionist conference. 2. Carrying out a workshop in AI with focus on bodily experiences. 3. Interview with two skilled practitioners within AI. To illustrate the importance of embodiment I have developed a model, which is called IMAGE and a concept that is named Appreciative Embodiment. This forms the basis for a discussion on how the body can be understood. The study concludes, on the basis of theoretical discussions and empirical data, that it can be difficult to provide a discussion of the body in relation to AI and to communicate the message to participants the workshop. On the other hand, the workshop succeeded overwhelmingly concerning the body in practice, since most of the participants could feel their bodies in the exercises. Overall, the study concludes that reflecting and doing the body enrich AI in both theory and practice. Partly because it allows you to settle and integrate the energy that is often created, and partly because it opens up a further dimension in which to experience, acknowledge and communicate.

UddannelserKommunikation, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato1 okt. 2009
VejledereLouise Jane Philips


  • Organizational development
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Body