The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

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Kim S. Cameron, Gretchen M. Spreitzer
Oxford University Press, USA, 2012 - Business & Economics - 1076 pages
Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) is an umbrella concept used to emphasize what elevates and what is inspiring to individuals and organizations by defining the possibilities for positive deviance rather than just improving on the challenging, broken, and needlessly difficult. Just as positive psychology explores optimal individual psychological states rather than pathological ones, POS focuses attention on the generative dynamics in organizations that lead to the development of human strength, foster resiliency in employees, enable healing and restoration, and cultivate extraordinary individual and organizational performance. While POS does not ignore dysfunctional or typical patterns of behavior, it is most interested in the motivations and effects associated with remarkably positive phenomena—how they are facilitated, why they work, how they can be identified, and how organizations can capitalize on them. This handbook is the first major resource for scholars and professionals interested in learning about POS. Across 80 chapters, authors comprehensively review basic principles, empirical evidence, and ideas for future research relating to POS. They focus on using a positive lens to address problems and challenges in organizational life and they draw on POS to expand the domain of other disciplines including ethics, economics, peace, spirituality, social movements, and sustainability. This volume is an ideal resource for organizational scholars, students, practitioners, human resource managers, and professional associations, with coverage of the full spectrum of organizational theories and outcomes that define, explain, and predict the occurrence, causes, and consequences of positivity.
 

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Lara, Francisco J., (2012) The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship, Management Decision, Vol. 50 (3), 539 - 544.
This book aspires to shed light on the phenomenon of positive
organizational scholarship (POS, in advance) from different perspectives, thus linking several matters that we tend to think as of belonging to different disciplines though there is a unifying element in all of them, but with a particular and different approach as the professional and in job training focus, because of the large professional and academic experience of all the authors in the research. Kim S. Cameron is William Russell Kelly Professor of Management and Organizations at the Ross School of Business and Professor of Higher Education at the School of Education, University of Michigan; and Gretchen M. Spreitzer, is Area Chair and Professor of Management and Organizations at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
This handbook is the first major resource for scholars and professionals interested in learning about POS. Across 79 chapters, authors comprehensively review basic principles, empirical evidence, and ideas for future research relating to POS. They focus on using a positive lens to address problems and challenges in organizational life and they draw on POS to expand the domain of other disciplines including ethics, economics, peace, spirituality, social movements, and sustainability.
This book is an ideal resource for organizational scholars, students, practitioners, human resource managers, and professional associations, with coverage of the full spectrum of organizational theories and outcomes that define, explain and predict the occurrence, causes, and consequences of positivity.
 

Contents

What Is Positive About Positive Organizational Scholarship?
1
Positive Individual Attributes
15
Positive Emotions
153
Strengths and Virtues
229
Positive Relationships
383
Positive Human Resource Practices
505
Positive Organizational Practices
615
Positive Leadership and Change
725
A Positive Lens on Problems and Challenges
841
Expanding Positive Organizational Scholarship
951
Index
1049
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Kim S. Cameron, Ph.D., is William Russell Kelly Professor of Management and Organization at the Ross School of Business and Professor of Higher Education in the School of Education at the University of Michigan.

Gretchen M. Spreitzer, Ph.D., is Area Chair and Professor of Management and Organizations at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

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