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Positive Organizational Behavior is emerging as a truly contemporary movement within the classic discipline of organizational behavior. The best work of leading scholars is gathered together in one edited collection. Chapters present the states, traits, and processes that compromise this exciting new science. In addition to mapping the field, this collection goes one step further and invites noted experts to identify the methodological challenges facing scholars of positive organizational behavior. Positive Organizational Behavior constitutes the study of positive human strengths and competencies, how it can be facilitated, assessed and managed to improve performance in the workplace . Its roots are firmly within positive psychology but transplanted to the world of work and organizations.

Positive Psychological Capital: Has Positivity Clouded Measurement Rigor?
Positive psychological capital: Has positivity clouded measurement rigor?
Laura M.Little, JanakiGooty, and Debra L.Nelson

Drawing upon recent research in positive psychology, a research stream entitled Positive Organizational Behavior (POB) has recently received much attention. POB has been defined by Luthans (2002a, 2002b) as ‘the study and application of positively oriented human resource strengths and psychological capacities that can be measured, developed, and effectively managed for performance improvement in today's workplace’ (2002b: 59). Although this definition seems to support the study and application of a multitude of constructs already in existence in organizational behavior (e.g. conscientiousness, generalized self-efficacy, extraversion), Luthans (2002b) proposed that constructs must meet certain, specific, well-defined operational criteria to qualify as a POB construct. The most basic ...

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