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Turning Organizations Positive: An Invitation to Cultural Surgery

Robert Quinn, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan Turning Organizations Positive: An Invitation to Cultural Surgery Abstract: Social science suggests that in organizations people tend to pursue self-interests, minimize personal costs, feel fear, prefer the status quo,...


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Character Strengths Research & Interventions

Ryan M. Niemiec, Psy.D. Character Strengths Research & Interventions Abstract: Character strengths, often referred to as “the backbone of positive psychology,” have enjoyed extensive research and scholarship since the VIA project that culminated in 2004. What have we learned...


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Collective Workplace Flourishing – Development and Validation of a Multi-dimensional Scale

Robert Easton, Australia Collective Workplace Flourishing – Development and Validation of a Multi-dimensional Scale In this session I want to bridge two worlds: my current doctoral dissertation research and my leadership as the Chairman and Managing Director of Accenture Australia...


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Appreciative Inquiry’s Positive Change Equation

Lindsey Godwin, Champlain College, Burlington, United States Appreciative Inquiry’s Positive Change Equation I’m excited to share an overview of our forthcoming book Positive Organization Development: Activating the Abundance Assumption, giving special attention to the...


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An Empirical Understanding of Appreciative Organizing as a Way to Reframe Group Development

Ignacio Pavez, Chile An Empirical Understanding of Appreciative Organizing as a Way to Reframe Group Development This presentation describes my research comparing diagnostic approaches with an appreciative process of team development in order to explore the existence of alternative...


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Ratios for flourishing in the Midst of Change

Linda Robson, United Kingdom Ratios for flourishing in the Midst of Change: A Study of the P/N Ratios in Ten Organizations and Their Enterprise-Wide Change Initiatives It’s rare to have more than 10 large organizations starting their change initiatives at nearly the same time—and each...


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Meaning: Bringing Durable Flourishing to Life

Michael Steger, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, United States Meaning: Bringing Durable Flourishing to Life Abstract: Meaning in life is widely regarded as a cornerstone of flourishing. But to many, meaning still sounds abstract and perhaps unattainable. Learn about the...


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Appreciative Inquiry and the Macro Promise of Positive Psychology

David Cooperrider Appreciative Inquiry and the Macro Promise of Positive Psychology Abstract: This symposium presents new empirical research pointing to the promise of the positive psychology field at the levels of enterprise teams, entire organizations, whole industries and cities,...


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The Context of Well-being: Fit, Facets, and Fairness

Isaac Prilleltensky, PhD The Context of Well-being: Fit, Facets, and Fairness Dr. Prilleltensky will share a multi-dimensional model of wellbeing (I-COPPE) that includes both perceptual and contextual appraisals. He will propose that individuals can enhance their “fitness” in each...


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Meaning In Life and Work

Michael F. Steger, Ph.D. Meaning In Life and Work Abstract: Michael F. Steger, Ph.D. examines the construct, including theories from Frankl to Baumeister. He shares research on how experiencing meaning can have positive effects on one’s health and happiness, decisions and effort ...