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Designing Positive PsychologyTaking Stock and Moving Forward$
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Kennon M. Sheldon, Todd B. Kashdan, and Michael F. Steger

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195373585

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373585.001.0001

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Positive Psychological Capital in the Workplace

Positive Psychological Capital in the Workplace

Where We Are and Where We Need to Go

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Designing Positive Psychology

Carolyn M. Youssef (Contributor Webpage)

Fred Luthans (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with an assessment of where we are with the theory, research, and application of positivity in the workplace in general and positive organizational behavior (POB)/ psychological capital (PsyCap) in particular. Special attention is initially given to the traditional role of positivity in organizational research. It then presents an overview of a parallel development to POB/PsyCap—positive organizational scholarship (POS). The chapter discusses the similarities and differences between POB/PsyCap and POS, and then briefly critiques the positively oriented self-help fads found in the popular literature. It makes an in-depth examination and assessment of where we are on all aspects of positive PsyCap. The remainder of the chapter uses this platform to launch into where PsyCap needs to go, needed future theory building, research, and practice.

Keywords:   positive psychology, positive organizational behavior, psychological capital, positive organizational scholarship, positivity, organizational research

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