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Positive Organizational Behavior Hardcover – May 14, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1412912129 ISBN-10: 1412912121

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd (May 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412912121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412912129
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,827,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A book that can increase workplace productivity and satisfaction.

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About the Author

Cary L. Cooper is Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health. He is the author/editor of over 120 books (on occupational stress, women at work and industrial and organizational psychology), has written over 400 scholarly articles for academic journals, and is a frequent contributor to national newspapers, TV and radio. He is currently Founding Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior and Editor-in-Chief of the medical journal Stress & Health. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, The Royal Society of Arts, The Royal Society of Medicine, The Royal Society of Public Health, The British Academy of Management and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. Professor Cooper is past President of the British Academy of Management, is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and one of the first UK based Fellows of the (American) Academy of Management (having also won the 1998 Distinguished Service Award for his contribution to management science from the Academy of Management). In 2001, Cary was awarded a CBE in the Queen?s Birthday Honours List for his contribution to occupational safety and health.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen G. Connolly on August 14, 2007
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"Positive Organizational Behavior" pulls together the current research and emerging vocabulary on the study of positive institutions. Articles in the collection include titles such as "Positive Emotion in Organizations," "Explaining Vigor," "Self-Engagement at Work," and "The Positive Role of Political Skill in Organizations." In 14 articles, this book rounds up much of what can be said so far about the topic. Though academic in style, the positive organizational psychologists write in a positively readable style.

The writers push the reset button on old models of organization development, providing new vocabularly and research that leads towards positive action and a new frame of mind. In the opening essay, editors Nelson and Cooper distance themselves from the "disease and dysfunction" model that focuses on the management of poor performance, weak motivation, and disengagement. Their goal, they write, is to focus on the positive attributes of people and their lives in organizations. They comment on the history of organizational psychology, in which a humanistic focus was once the norm. "Recent organizational psychology has reflected its business school context," they observe, "falling more closely in line with traditional economic and financial notions of firm performance."

There's interesting new vocabulary here, too, such as "positive organizational psychology," "positive organizational behavior," "positive organizational scholarship," and "psycap"--short for psychological capital. PsyCap is a particularly interesting concept, described in an article titled "Psychological Capital: Investing and Developing Positive Organizational Behavior." The authors paint it as the set of psychological assets from which engagement may occur (or not).
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