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"Barry and Hansen have gathered an impressive array of contributors to speculate where the management and organization field might be headed. The Handbook offers refreshing and proactive insights that confront our assumptions about organizations and challenge us to expand our thinking and inquiry. It it must reading for anyone who seeks to understand how we look at, live in, and act on organizations."—Thomas G. Cummings, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern CaliforniaTen years ago critical theory and postmodernism were considered new and emerging theories in Business and Management. What will be the next new important theories to shape the field? In one edited volume, David Barry and Hans Hansen have commissioned new chapters that will allow readers to stay one step ahead of the latest thinking. Contributors draw on research and practice to introduce ideas that are considered 'fringe' and controversial today, but may be key theoretical contributions tomorrow. Each chapter sets these ideas in their historical context, lays out the key theoretical positions taken by each new approach and makes it clear why these approaches are different to more mainstream concepts. Throughout contributors refer to existing studies that show how these developing themes will change the Business and Management arena.Researchers, teachers and advanced students who are interested in the future of Business and Management scholarship will want to read this Handbook.

A Note on ‘the Future of Positive Organizational Scholarship’
A note on ‘the future of positive organizational scholarship’

Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) draws on the fields of organizational behavior, psychology, and sociology to better understand the generative dynamics in organizations that promote human strength, resiliency, healing, and restoration. POS assumes that understanding how to enable human excellence in organizations will unlock potential, reveal possibilities, and chart a more positive course of human and organizational functioning. POS draws from a full spectrum of organizational theories to understand, explain, and predict the causes and consequences of positive phenomena. At its core, POS investigates the ways in which organizations and their members flourish and prosper.

POS has blossomed in its first half-decade of life. As part of the Center for ...

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