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Finding the Positive in the World of Work

P. Alex Linley, Susan Harrington and Nicola Garcea

in Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Work

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780195335446
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195335446.013.0001

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Finding the Positive in the World of Work

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The chapter opens by re-telling the story of the closure and clean-up of Rocky Flats, a nuclear facility in the United States that was closed and cleaned up in 10 years, 60 years ahead of a 70-year schedule, and at a cost of only $6 billion against projected costs of $36 billion, by adopting an abundance approach to change rather than the more traditional deficit approach. Tracing the central ideas of abundance approaches to the early work pioneered by management thinkers such as Douglas McGregor and Peter Drucker, the chapter then goes on to give a brief history of the positive in the world of work, reviewing appreciative inquiry, applied positive psychology, positive organizational scholarship and positive organizational behavior. Having set this historical and conceptual context, the chapter then introduces the reader to the structure of the volume and provides brief introductions to each of the subsequent chapters.

Keywords: abundance approach; applied positive psychology; work psychology; I/O psychology; organizations

Article.  5134 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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