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Chapter 36: Positive Organizational Scholarship
Positive Organizational Scholarship
Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) is a broad framework that seeks to explain behaviors in and of organizations. It focuses explicitly on the positive states and processes that arise from, and result in, life-giving dynamics, optimal functioning, or enhanced capabilities or strengths. There are three core aspects of a POS perspective:
- a concern with flourishing;
- a focus on the development of strengths or capabilities; and
- an emphasis on the generative, life-giving dynamics of organizing.
First, POS is concerned with conditions that foster flourishing at the individual, work group, and organizational levels. Although Positive Psychology is similarly interested in flourishing (e.g., Gable and Haidt, 2005; Keyes, 2002), a POS perspective focuses on these states and processes as they unfold in and between organizations ...