Human Energy in Organizations

Gretchen M. Spreitzer, Chak Fu Lam and Ryan W. Quinn

in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199734610
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Human Energy in Organizations

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Energy is often viewed as the basic fuel for individual action and cognition, yet what exactly is energy? How can it be defined? How should it be measured? And, most importantly, why should organizational scholars, especially positive organization scholarship (POS) scholars, care about it? This chapter reviews the burgeoning interdisciplinary literature on energy-related constructs. We identify six distinct streams of energy-related literature. We then highlight how human energy at work can contribute to our understanding of POS.

Keywords: Energy; fuel; resources; thriving; self-regulation

Article.  9375 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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