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.

The Positive Role of Political Skill in Organizations

The Positive Role of Political Skill in Organizations

The positive role of political skill in organizations
Pamela L.Perrewé, Gerald R.Ferris, Jason S.Stoner, and Robyn L.Brouer

Organizations have long been considered political arenas and the study of organizational politics has been a popular topic for a great number of years (e.g. Mintzberg, 1983; Ferris et al., 1989, 2002). Mintzberg (1983) defined politics as an individual or group behavior that is typically disruptive, illegitimate and not approved of by formal authority, accepted ideology, or certified expertise. However, more recently researchers have conceptualized politics as neither an inherently bad or good phenomenon, but rather one to be observed, analyzed, and comprehended in order to gain a more informed understanding of organizations and how they operate (Ferris and Brouer, in press).

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