Positive Organizational Scholarship Leaps into the World of Work

Don Mroz and Shawn Quinn

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

 Positive Organizational Scholarship Leaps into the World of Work

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What if organizations could be structured and managed in ways that could unleash the full potential of those working within them? The paradox of hard-driving organizations and finding a way for people to thrive within organizations, we believe, is of paramount importance. Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) is “the dynamics in organizations that lead to the development of human strength, foster resiliency in individuals, make possible healing and restoration, and cultivate extraordinary individual and organizational performance” (Cameron, 2003). Positive Deviance, a core principle of POS, and integrating Positive Meaning Making, Positive Emotions, and Positive Connections all help create a work environment that moves organizations toward increased employee happiness on the job and higher organizational efficiencies. Through a five-phased process, we have helped organizations to change their traditional focus on problem solving and integrate an abundance framework for better results.

Keywords: Positive Deviance; enablers; application; transformation; engagement; leadership

Article.  11078 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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