Shared Positive Affect in Workgroups

Seung-Yoon Rhee and Hye Jung Yoon

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

 Shared Positive Affect in Workgroups

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In this chapter, we present a theoretical framework that integrates recent theorizing and empirical research on shared positive affect in workgroups. Within this framework, we outline both subconscious and conscious mechanisms for sharing of positive affect. In addition, we describe key intra- and interpersonal and social structural/contextual enablers that facilitate positive affect sharing among workgroup members and the consequences of shared positive affect for group social processes and performance outcomes. We further discuss how shared positive affect can undo the negative influences of shared negative affect and turn the negative state into a positive one. A deeper exploration of the phenomenon of shared positive affect has important ramifications for workgroups and organizations, as overall positivity can be fostered through such fundamental mechanisms as emotions and feelings. We conclude by highlighting several important yet unresolved issues for future research.

Keywords: Shared positive affect; emotion; mood; group social process; group performance; group creativity; group decision; emotional contagion; group affective tone

Article.  9283 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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