Positive Organizational Scholarship

Foundations of a New Discipline

Positive Organizational Scholarship
  • Path-breaking scholarly volume exploring the dynamics in organizations that lead to extraordinary individual and organizational performance
  • Establishes a new field of study in the social sciences
  • Offers practical guidance for managers, as well as a future research agenda for understanding and enabling positive organizational behavior

Path-breaking scholarly volume exploring the dynamics in organizations that lead to extraordinary individual and organizational performance

Establishes a new field of study in the social sciences

Offers practical guidance for managers, as well as a future research agenda for understanding and enabling positive organizational behavior

Written by senior scholars and internationally known authors, Positive Organizational 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.

  • Path-breaking scholarly volume exploring the dynamics in organizations that lead to extraordinary individual and organizational performance
  • Establishes a new field of study in the social sciences
  • Offers practical guidance for managers, as well as a future research agenda for understanding and enabling positive organizational behavior

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  • Path-breaking scholarly volume exploring the dynamics in organizations that lead to extraordinary individual and organizational performance
  • Establishes a new field of study in the social sciences
  • Offers practical guidance for managers, as well as a future research agenda for understanding and enabling positive organizational behavior

Path-breaking scholarly volume exploring the dynamics in organizations that lead to extraordinary individual and organizational performance

Establishes a new field of study in the social sciences

Offers practical guidance for managers, as well as a future research agenda for understanding and enabling positive organizational behavior

Written by senior scholars and internationally known authors, Positive Organizational 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.

  • Path-breaking scholarly volume exploring the dynamics in organizations that lead to extraordinary individual and organizational performance
  • Establishes a new field of study in the social sciences
  • Offers practical guidance for managers, as well as a future research agenda for understanding and enabling positive organizational behavior

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Visit Author Page - Robert Quinn



Robert E. Quinn holds the Margaret Elliot Tracey Collegiate Professorship at the University of Michigan and serves on the faculty of Organization and Management at the Ross Business School. He is one of the co-founders and the current faculty co-director of the Center for Positive Organizations. Quinn’s research and teaching interests focus on leadership, organizational change, and effectiveness. He has published 16 books on these subjects. He is particularly known for his work on the Competing Values Framework. He has 30 years of experience consulting with major corporations and government agencies.


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Kim Cameron is the William Russell Kelly Professor of Management and Organizations in the Ross School of Business and Professor of Higher Education in the School of Education at the University of Michigan. He currently serves as associate dean in the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and has served as dean of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, as associate dean in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University, and as a department chair at the University of Michigan. He also currently serves as a Fellow in the Wheatley Institution at Brigham Young University. 

Cameron is one of the cofounders of the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship at the University of Michigan— a research center focused on the investigation of positively deviant performance, virtuousness, strengths, and practices in organizations that lead to thriving and extraordinary outcomes. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Brigham Young University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University. His research on organizational virtuousness, effectiveness, quality culture, downsizing, and the development of leadership skills has been published in more than 120 academic articles and 14 scholarly books. 

Cameron is married to the former Melinda Cummings and has seven children.

Visit Author Page - Jane Dutton
Jane E. Dutton is the William Russell Kelly Professor of Business Administration and professor of psychology at the University of Michigan.

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Introduction

  1. Foundations of Positive Organizational Scholarship
    Kim S. Cameron, Jane E. Dutton, and Robert E. Quinn
  2. Positive Organizational Studies: Lessons from Positive Psychology
    Christopher M. Peterson and Martin E. P. Seligman
Part 1: Virtuous Processes, Strengths, and Positive Organizing
  1. Virtues and Organizations
    Nansook Park and Christopher M. Peterson
  2. Organizational Virtuousness and Performance
    Kim S. Cameron
  3. Positive Organizing and Organizational Tragedy
    Karl E. Weick
  4. Acts of Gratitude in Organizations
    Robert A. Emmons
  5. Organizing for Resilience
    Kathleen M. Sutcliffe and Timothy J. Vogus
  6. Investing in Strengths
    Donald O. Clifton and James K. Harter
  7. Transcendent Behavior
    Thomas S. Bateman and Christine Porath
  8. Courageous Principled Action
    Monica C. Worline and Ryan W. Quinn
Part 2: Upward Spirals and Positive Change
  1. Positive Emotions and Upward Spirals in Organizations
    Barbara L. Fredrickson
  2. Positive and Negative Emotions in Organizations
    Richard P. Bagozzi
  3. New Knowledge Creation in Organizations
    Fiona Lee, Arran Caza, Amy Edmondson, and Stefan Thomke
  4. Positive Deviance and Extraordinary Organizing
    Gretchen M. Spreitzer and Scott Sonenshein
  5. Toward a Theory of Positive Organizational Change
    David L. Cooperrider and Leslie E. Sekerka
  6. Authentic Leadership Development
    Fred Luthans and Bruce Avolio
Part 3: Positive Meanings and Positive Connections
  1. The Power of High-Quality Connections
    Jane E. Dutton and Emily D. Heaphy
  2. A Relational Theory of Coordination
    Jody Hoffer Gittell
  3. Finding Positive Meaning in Work
    Amy Wrzesniewski
  4. Fostering Meaningfulness in Working and at Work
    Michael G. Pratt and Blake E. Ashforth
  5. Positive Organizational Network Analysis and Energizing Relationships
    Wayne Baker, Rob Cross, and Melissa Wooten
  6. Empowerment and Cascading Vitality
    Martha S. Feldman and Anne M. Khademian
Conclusion
  1. Developing a Discipline of Positive Organizational Scholarship
    Kim S. Cameron, Jane E. Dutton, Robert E. Quinn, and Amy Wrzesniewski

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