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Positive Organizational Scholarship: Foundations of a New Discipline 1st Edition

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About the Author

Kim S. Cameron is professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at the University of Michigan Business School and Professor of Higher Education in the school of Education at the University of Michigan. Jane E. Dutton is the William Russell Kelly Professor of Business administration and Professor of psychology at the University of Michigan. Robert E. Quinn, coauthor of the Competing Values framework, has invested more than 25 years in work with top executives around the world on issues of organizational transformation and change.
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  • Hardcover: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (August 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576752321
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576752326
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Happiness is something different than the absence of misery and health is something more than the absence of disease and debilitation. These statements are so obvious as to seem trivial. However, they are still true. If you have been fortunate to be part of an organization that was in one of those wonderful upward spirals that also involved a phenomenal team that was unified and happy, well, you know that working in such a positive environment is wonderfully different than working in an organization going through downward spiral with a demoralized team. What can be most interesting is that when the phenomenal team that experienced the upward cycle runs into a rough patch, they seem to stick together and avoid letting the rough patch develop into a crushing storm.

This terrific book is not one of those soft and gooey books calling for people to just get along or offering what amount to incantations in order to get people to somehow coalesce into the team they aren't. Instead, it posits the notion that when an organization is in a state of a certain kind of success it is as much an exception as a business that is falling towards extinction. It asks that if there are death spirals there might also be positive spirals. Yet the bulk of business study is on the mistakes and failures of organizations and on avoiding mistakes. While it is important to avoid making mistakes that can kill your organization, does it seem likely that one can learn success only by avoiding failure? Of course not.

This book and the papers it contains are laying a foundation for scholarly study of the positive deviance of successful organizations in order to develop principles for organizations to implement to achieve success in all aspects of its organizational being.
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This is definitely a scholarly book. It's a difficult read for the lay audience, but if you are willing to "weave your way through an academic writing style," the information is excellent.
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If you're looking for a great overview of the field of positive organizational psychology, this is it. I purchased this book to use for my master's thesis and was very happy I did. The content is excellent and easy to read, with extensive use of citations. Highly recommended.
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The editors have created a fantastic synthesis of practically useful information and provided inspirational, realistic strategies to maintain one's Best Self and help others do so in the professional world. Business literature needs more books like this which talk about values and peak experience in a rational and applicable manner.

This is not an encyclopedia or a self-help book, but rather a visionary guide to what Positive Organizational Scholarship is - written in anecdotes that most any leader, manager or executive can understand and assimilate into his or her work environment. As an entrepreneur and small business owner, I have witnessed my company's culture evolve to an internally directed, other-focused and vibrantly positive community. Quinn's approach of "What Result do you Want to Create" as a question to strategically ask at points of indecision helps readers use POS principles in ways that work for them. This is not a book to replace one's own paradigms, but rather compliment them and fill in gaps while helping people maintain their natural style. Highly recommended and a great read.
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