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The Generative Potency of Cultural SymbolsImplications for Positive Organizational Scholarship

Mary Ann Glynn and Lee Watkiss

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/9780199734610.013.0046

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

The Generative Potency of Cultural SymbolsImplications for Positive Organizational Scholarship

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In this chapter, we explore the affinities between cultural symbols and positive organizational scholarship at the collective level of analysis. Drawing on the extant literature, we advance a conceptual framework that outlines three mechanisms by which symbols can have generative potency (i.e., the capability to enrich collective strengths, virtues, and capabilities in organizations). These mechanisms are: cognitive (meaning-making), affective (experienced emotions), and relational (collective connectedness). We advance ideas for future research that might probe the complexities of this process, particularly the relationships among these mechanisms, the potency of different forms of cultural symbols, and the contextual contingencies that affect symbolic potency.

Keywords: Symbols; generativity; mechanisms

Article.  7955 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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