Building Positive Organizations

Nicola Garcea, Susan Harrington and P. Alex Linley

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

 Building Positive Organizations

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In this concluding chapter, we draw together many of the themes that have emerged throughout the volume in relation to positive psychology and work. The chapter begins by noting that positive psychology approaches should not be treated simply as another “fix” for organizational problems, but instead will deliver their greatest promise when they are also used to “build and grow.” We then go on to take the lens of work psychologists and consultants, HR and L & D practitioners, leaders, managers and individual employees themselves, considering the impact and opportunity of positive psychology approaches on each of these constituencies. The chapter concludes by broadening the lens to explore how positive psychology might shape the future of social business, mirroring and extending cultural trends in both employees and consumers alike for the organizational impetus to be about corporate responsibility and social contribution, in addition to profit.

Keywords: Positive psychology; organizations; HR; L & D; leaders; managers; employees; social business

Article.  7405 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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