Positive Organizational Scholarship: Foundations of a New Discipline

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Kim Cameron, Jane Dutton
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Aug 9, 2003 - Business & Economics - 450 pages
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Scholarship establishes a new field of study in the organizational sciences. Just as positive psychology focuses on exploring optimal individual psychological states rather than pathological ones, Positive Organizational Scholarship focuses attention on optimal organizational states --- the dynamics in organizations that lead to the development of human strength, foster resiliency in employees, make healing, restoration, and reconciliation possible, and cultivate extraordinary individual and organizational performance.
While the concept of positive organizational scholarship encompasses the examination of typical and even dysfunctional patterns of behavior, it emphasizes positive deviance from expected patterns. Positive Organizational Scholarship examines the enablers, motivations, and effects associated with remarkably positive phenomena --- how they are facilitated, why they work, how they can be identified, and how researchers and managers can capitalize on them. The contributors do not adopt one particular theory or framework but draw from the full spectrum of organizational theories to understand, explain, and predict the occurrence, causes, and consequences of positivity.
Positive Organizational Scholarship rigorously seeks to understand what represents the best of the human condition based on scholarly research and theory. This book invites organizational scholars to build upon and extend the positive organizational phenomena being examined. It provides the definitional, theoretical, and empirical foundations for what will become a cumulative body of enduring work.
 

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Contents

Foundations of Positive Organizational Scholarship
3
Positive Organizational Studies Lessons from Positive Psychology
14
Virtuous Processes Strengths and Positive Organizing
29
Virtues and Organizations
33
Organizational Virtuousness and Performance
48
Positive Organizing and Organizational Tragedy
66
Acts of Gratitude in Organizations
81
Organizing for Resilience
94
Toward a Theory of Positive Organizational Change
225
Authentic Leadership Development
241
Positive Meanings and Positive Connections
259
The Power of HighQuality Connections
263
A Theory of Relational Coordination
279
Finding Positive Meaning in Work
296
Fostering Meaningfulness in Working and at Work
309
Positive Organizational Network Analysis and Energizing Relationships
328

Investing in Strengths
111
Transcendent Behavior
122
Courageous Principled Action
138
Upward Spirals and Positive Change
159
Positive Emotions and Upward Spirals in Organizations
163
Positive and Negative Emotions in Organizations
176
New Knowledge Creation in Organizations
194
Positive Deviance and Extraordinary Organizing
207
Empowerment and Cascading Vitality
343
Conclusion
359
Developing a Discipline of Positive Organizational Scholarship
361
References
371
Index
449
About the Contributors
457
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Robert E. Quinn (Ann Arbor, MI) is a professor at the University of Michigan and an expert on organizational behavior and human resource management issues. His books include Beyond Rational Management, Becoming a Master Manager, and Deep Change.

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