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The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

Edited by Gretchen M. Spreitzer and Kim S. Cameron

Volume 1, issue Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199734610
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199734610.001.0001

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

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Positive organizational scholarship (POS) is an umbrella concept used to emphasize what elevates and what is inspiring to individuals and organizations by defining the possibilities for positive deviance rather than just improving on the challenging, broken, and needlessly difficult. Just as positive psychology explores optimal individual psychological states rather than pathological ones, POS focuses attention on the generative dynamics in organizations that lead to the development of human strength, foster resiliency in employees, enable healing and restoration, and cultivate extraordinary individual and organizational performance. While POS does not ignore dysfunctional or typical patterns of behavior, it is most interested in the motivations and effects associated with remarkably positive phenomena—how they are facilitated, why they work, how they can be identified, and how organizations can capitalize on them. This book is a major resource on POS. Eighty articles review basic principles, empirical evidence, and ideas for future research relating to POS. They focus on using a positive lens to address problems and challenges in organizational life and they draw on POS to expand the domain of other disciplines including ethics, economics, peace, spirituality, social movements, and sustainability.

Keywords: positive organizational scholarship; positive deviance; generative dynamics; positivity; organizational theories; peace; spirituality; social movements; sustainability

Book.  1104 pages. 

Subjects: Psychology

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Introduction in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

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Psychological Capital in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

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Prosocial Motivation at Work in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

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Callings in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

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Being There in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

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Positive Identity Construction in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

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Proactivity in the Workplace in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

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Striving for Creativity in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

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Some Traits Associated with Flourishing at Work in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

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