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Exploring the Relevance and Implications of Humility in Organizations

Bradley P. Owens, Wade C. Rowatt and Alan L. Wilkins

in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199734610
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199734610.013.0020

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Exploring the Relevance and Implications of Humility in Organizations

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In this chapter, we explore the meaning and relevance of humility within the context of organizations. After briefly reviewing the history of the construct of humility and synthesizing past definitions of humility, we discuss extant research exploring the impact of humility on individual performance, prosocial behavior, team processes, and leadership. We conclude by discussing the potential boundary conditions for the usefulness of humility in organizations and offering ideas for future research.

Keywords: Humility; virtues; leadership; teams; learning; adaptation

Article.  9851 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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