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Innovation Adaptation: A Study of Indian OD Practitioners Implementing Appreciative Inquiry in For-Profit Organizations
by Johnson, Sandhya Raichur, Ph.D., Fielding Graduate University, 2016, 176; 10181968
Abstract (Summary)

Diffusion of innovation across cultures is a broad field of study, especially when considering the adaptation of organizational development (OD) innovations into multicultural environments. Although OD interventions are often adapted to fit unique circumstances of each organization’s culture, this study explored whether there were specific adaptations that occur when OD interventions are applied to Indian organizations by Indian practitioners. The purpose of this qualitative study was to discover how appreciative inquiry (AI) as an OD intervention was received and adapted by OD practitioners in India with particular focus on for-profit organizations.

A thematic analysis of 17 implementations shared by Indian practitioners was conducted to examine the fidelity and extensiveness of AI adaptation. Toward this end, the study was tailored to ensure the intervention was localized and situated more specifically in the organizational and leadership contexts. Results revealed that AI, when applied to India-based for-profit organizations, exhibited a level of adaptation that could be applied on a global scale. It is anticipated that understanding the factors that drive AI adaptation in India will assist scholars and practitioners to establish guidelines for successfully transferring organizational innovations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mink, Barbara
Commitee: Karpacz, Heather, McCall, Mary, Shah, Hard, Thatchenkery, Tojo
School: Fielding Graduate University
Department: Human and Organization Development
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 78/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Organization Theory, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Adaptation, Appreciative inquiry, India, Indian consultants, Innovation diffusion, Od intervention
Publication Number: 10181968
ISBN: 978-1-369-30494-7
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