Positive Psychological Capital in the Workplace
Where We Are and Where We Need to Go
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.
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