Positive Organizational Scholarship Foundations of a New Discipline

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-08-10
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

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Positive Organizational Scholarship is a book that helps establish a new field of study in the organizational sciences. It examines a variety of positive dynamics in organizations that give rise to extraordinary outcomes, often described by words such as excellence, thriving, flourishing, abundance, vitality, and resilience. POS has a bias toward life-giving, generative, and ennobling human phenomena. It represents a value perspective based on ideas of "goodness" and positive human potential. POS is distinguished from traditional organizational studies in that it seeks to understand what represents the best of the human condition, and it does so in rigorous ways, based on scholarly research and theory. Chapters in this volume will serve as the key reference material for those interested in understanding exceptional, virtuous, life- giving, and flourishing individual and organizational behaviour.

Author Biography

Kim S. Cameron is professor of organizational behavior and human resource management at the University of Michigan Business School and professor of higher education in the School of Education at the University of Michigan Jane E. Dutton is the William Russell Kelly Professor of Business Administration and professor of psychology at the University of Michigan Robert E. Quinn is the Margaret Elliott Tracy Collegiate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at the University of Michigan Business School

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Foundations of Positive Organizational Scholarshipp. 3
Positive Organizational Studies: Lessons from Positive Psychologyp. 14
Virtuous Processes, Strengths, and Positive Organizingp. 29
Virtues and Organizationsp. 33
Organizational Virtuousness and Performancep. 48
Positive Organizing and Organizational Tragedyp. 66
Acts of Gratitude in Organizationsp. 81
Organizing for Resiliencep. 94
Investing in Strengthsp. 111
Transcendent Behaviorp. 122
Courageous Principled Actionp. 138
Upward Spirals and Positive Changep. 159
Positive Emotions and Upward Spirals in Organizationsp. 163
Positive and Negative Emotions in Organizationsp. 176
New Knowledge Creation in Organizationsp. 194
Positive Deviance and Extraordinary Organizingp. 207
Toward a Theory of Positive Organizational Changep. 225
Authentic Leadership Developmentp. 241
Positive Meanings and Positive Connectionsp. 259
The Power of High-Quality Connectionsp. 263
A Theory of Relational Coordinationp. 279
Finding Positive Meaning in Workp. 296
Fostering Meaningfulness in Working and at Workp. 309
Positive Organizational Network Analysis and Energizing Relationshipsp. 328
Empowerment and Cascading Vitalityp. 343
Conclusionp. 359
Developing a Discipline of Positive Organizational Scholarshipp. 361
Referencesp. 371
Indexp. 449
About the Contributorsp. 457
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