Working Positively Toward Transformative Cooperation

Leslie E. Sekerka and Barbara L. Fredrickson

in Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Work

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780195335446
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Working Positively Toward Transformative Cooperation

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Emotions are an integral part of human experience, inextricably linked to social interaction. In this chapter Sekerka and Fredrickson describe how positive emotional climates help create and support transformative cooperation. Serving as the fuel for new and useful relationships in organizational environments, they examine the broadening and building capacities of positive emotions and how they contribute to purposive evolution. Strength-based organizational development and change processes are described as the means to evoke positive emotions in support of transformative cooperation, which emerges through collectively beneficial processes. The authors set forth a description and definition of this phenomenon and explain how their work advances positive psychology and associated fields such as positive organizational scholarship and positive organizational behavior.

Keywords: positive emotions; transformative cooperation; organizational development and change; positive organizational scholarship

Article.  9354 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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