Positive Deviance for a Sustainable World

Andrew J. Hoffman and Nardia Haigh

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

 Positive Deviance for a Sustainable World

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This chapter examines the linkages between the positive organizational scholarship (POS) and sustainability research domains; examining ways in which each domain can enrich the other, their mutual research agendas, and practical contributions. Positive organizational scholarship can help sustainability make a shift from addressing “deficit gaps” to instead addressing “abundance gaps.” Sustainability can help expand the scope of the POS research domain from explaining how people and organizations can flourish, to also considering ways in which human and organizational flourishing is embedded within the state of the natural environment. To do this, the chapter first outlines the issues and domain of sustainability scholarship, then discusses the linkages in more detail, and explores the scholarly implications for each domain. It concludes by suggesting potentially fruitful research questions posed by these sustainability–POS linkages, and discusses the implications of these linkages for business education.

Keywords: Keywords; Sustainability; sustainable development; natural environment; positive organizational scholarship; cultural creatives; LOHAS; hybrid organizations

Article.  8824 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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