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Positive Organizational Scholarship: Foundations of a New Discipline 1st Edition
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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.Read more ›
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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A superb presentation of the application of POS. Great for enthusiasts and practitioners alike.Published 21 months ago by Mel Neil