The Center for Positive Organizations: My Top-10 List of Research Papers

This is some stuff you should definitely check out if you´re in HR, or an (aspiring) leader – or if you want to up your game in general with regard to understanding positive organizations. All links lead you to PDFs of the respective articles.

Cameron, K. S., Bright, D., & Caza, A. (2004). Exploring the relationships between organizational virtuousness and performance. American Behavioral Scientist, 47(6), 766-790.

Cameron, K., Mora, C., Leutscher, T., & Calarco, M. (2011). Effects of positive practices on organizational effectiveness. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 47(3), 266-308.

Dutton, J. E., Worline, M. C., Frost, P. J., & Lilius, J. (2006). Explaining compassion organizing. Administrative Science Quarterly, 51(1), 59-96.

Heaphy, E. D., & Dutton, J. E. (2008). Positive social interactions and the human body at work: Linking organizations and physiology. Academy of Management Review, 33(1), 137-162.

Mayer, D. M., Aquino, K., Greenbaum, R. L., & Kuenzi, M. (2012). Who displays ethical leadership, and why does it matter? An examination of antecedents and consequences of ethical leadership. Academy of Management Journal, 55(1), 151-171.

Owens, B. P., Baker, W. E., Sumpter, D. M., & Cameron, K. S. (2016). Relational energy at work: Implications for job engagement and job performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 101(1), 35-49.

Roberts, L. M., Dutton, J. E., Spreitzer, G. M., Heaphy, E. D., & Quinn, R. E. (2005). Composing the reflected best-self portrait: Building pathways for becoming extraordinary in work organizations. Academy of Management Review, 30(4), 712-736.

Spreitzer, G. M., Kizilos, M. A., & Nason, S. W. (1997). A dimensional analysis of the relationship between psychological empowerment and effectiveness, satisfaction, and strain. Journal of Management, 23(5), 679-704.

Spreitzer, G., Sutcliffe, K., Dutton, J., Sonenshein, S., & Grant, A. M. (2005). A socially embedded model of thriving at work. Organization Science, 16(5), 537-549.

Wrzesniewski, A., & Dutton, J. E. (2001). Crafting a job: Revisioning employees as active crafters of their work. Academy of Management Review, 26(2), 179-201.

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The Center for Positive Organizations at University of Michigan: a Book List

Kim Cameron | Nico RoseI´m the luckiest guy in the world. I get to spend the week at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, more precisely: the Ross of Business. Part of the Ross School is the Center for Positive Organizations – which without exaggeration can be described as the global focal point for research and application(s) of Positive Psychology in business (Positive Organizational Scholarship). It´s home to POS luminaries such as Kim Cameron, Jane Dutton, and Robert Quinn. Additionally, some of the big shots in the field have completed their Ph.D. studies here, among them Adam Grant and Amy Wrzesniewski.

I´m going to provide an overview of what I´ve learned here at a later point in time. For today, I´d like to provide a book list of works that been crafted by faculty of  the Center for Positive Organizations. After is, Christmas is coming up soon – and you might still be looking for something for your loved ones (or yourself)…

Also, watch out for Wayne Bakers upcoming book “Just Ask”…

Positive Psychology News Digest | No. 18/2017

My favorite news and blog articles covering Positive Psychology and adjacent Topics from (roughly) the last seven days.

Positive Psychology News Digest

Inc: How to Gain Strength From Your Darkest Moments (Interview with Adam Grant) by Leigh Buchanan

Inc: Pay Attention to These Surprising 6 Red Flags to Burnout. You May Be Closer Than You Think by Laura Garnett

Psychology Today: Are We Evolved for Happiness? by Glenn Geher

Psychology Today: The Problem with Measuring Happiness by Todd Kashdan

Atlantic: Why Do Americans Smile So Much by Olga Khazan

The Age: Debate on future of work needs a Focus by Alex Lavelle

Atlantic: Play Power: How to Turn Around Our Creativity Crisis by Laura Sergeant Richardson

New York Magazine: Thinking of Your Job As a Calling Isn’t Always a Good Thing by Cari Romm

New York Magazine: To Get Better at Reading People’s Feelings, Pay Attention to Your Own Body by Cari Romm

Heleo: See More, Judge Less: A Mindful Approach to Success, no author

Positive Psychology News Digest | No. 16/2017

My favorite news and blog articles covering Positive Psychology and adjacent Topics from (roughly) the last seven days.

Positive Psychology News Digest

Quartz: The world’s largest assessment of teenage students suggests happiness is crucial to learning by Jenny Anderson

Greater Good Science Center: Confessions of a Bad Meditator by Christine Carter

Quartz: Silicon Valley executives are hiring philosophers to teach them to question everything by Michael Coren

Psychology Today: Are You the Pursuer or the Distancer in Your Relationship? by Lisa Firestone

Washington Post: Introverts tend to be better CEOs — and other surprising traits of top-performing executives by Jena McGregor

Huffington Post: You Don’t Need Good Grades To Get An A+ In Resilience by Bowman Nixon

Psychology Today: Why Speaking Less is the Secret to Powerful Communication by Emma Seppälä

Psychology Today: 7 Must-Read Books to Change Your Life This Summer by Emma Seppälä

Quartz: Our need to feel special is making us lonely by Emma Seppälä & Peter Sims

Quartz: What is the evolutionary purpose of happiness? by Oliver Staley

BBC: Prince William says keeping a stiff upper lip can damage health, no author

Positive Psychology News Digest | No. 15/2017

My favorite news and blog articles covering Positive Psychology and adjacent Topics from (roughly) the last seven days.

Thrive Global: The Father Of Mindfulness on What Mindfulness Has Become by Drake Baer

CNN: Want to be happy and successful? Try Compassion by Jen Christensen

ScienceAlert: There’s now a brain scan to tell if you’re depressed – and what treatment is needed by Cynthia Fu

Fast Company: The Power of Pride at Facebook by Lori Goler, Janelle Gale, Brynn Harrington & Adam Grant

Psychology Today: How I Learned About the Perils of Grit by Todd Kashdan

Atlantic: Can a Difficult Childhood Enhance Cognition? by Olga Khazan

New York Times: Rude Doctors, Rude Nurses, Rude Patients by Perri Klass

New York Magazine: The Original Natural Remedy for Burnout: Nature by Brad Stulberg

Time: The Lifelong Problem With Loneliness by Elizabeth Tillinghast

Huffington Post: How to Avoid Being a Fake Positive Leader by Chris White

Positive Psychology News Digest | No. 10/2017


My favorite news and blog articles covering Positive Psychology and adjacent topics from (roughly) the last seven days.

New York Times: I’m Not O.K. Neither Are You. Who Cares? by Henry Alford

New York Magazine: Awe Is the Everyperson’s Spiritual Experience by Drake Baer

Big Think: Is Technology Destroying Happiness? by Derek Beres

Forbes: Organizational Strategies That Promote Well-Being And Reduce Burnout by Paula Davis-Laack

Harvard Business Review: To Motivate Employees, Show Them How They’re Helping Customers by Francesca Gino

BPS Research Digest: Smarter people are happier, says new analysis involving 80,000 participants, but only a bit by Christian Jarrett

Harvard Business Review: Find Purpose in Even Your Most Mundane Tasks at Work by Valerie Keller & Caroline Webb

Forbes: Why Grit Is More Important Than IQ When You’re Trying To Become Successful by Lisa Quast

Harvard Business Review: Why Diverse Teams Are Smarter by David Rock

LA Times: UAE’s minister of happiness insists her job is no laughing matter by Ann Simmons

Psychology Today: The Marshmallow Myth by Nick Tasler

Psychology Today: Compassion Is Better than Empathy by Tara Well

Heleo: A New View of the Self: The Psychology of Connection, no author