1st Edition

Positive Organizing in a Global Society
Understanding and Engaging Differences for Capacity Building and Inclusion

ISBN 9781848725768
Published October 2, 2015 by Routledge
282 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

USD $62.95

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Book Description

This book unites the latest research in diversity, inclusion, and positive organizational scholarship (POS), to investigate diversity and inclusion dynamics in social systems. Comprised of succinct chapters from thought leaders in the field, this book covers both micro- and macro-levels of analysis, covering topics such as authenticity, mentorship, intersectional identity work, positive deviance, resilience, resource cultivation and utilization, boundary-spanning leadership, strengths-based development, positive workplace interventions to promote well-being, inclusive strategic planning, and the role of diversity in innovation.

Table of Contents


Introduction by Martin N. Davidson, Lynn Perry Wooten, Laura Morgan Roberts and Kelle Parsons


Section Introduction

Amy Lemley, Laura Morgan Roberts, Lynn Perry Wooten and Martin N. Davidson

Chapter 1: Positive Psychology’s Contributions and Prospects for Engaging Differences at Work

Natasha N. Wilder, Meghana A. Rao, and Stewart I. Donaldson

Chapter 2: Resourcefulness in Action: The Case of Global Diversity Management

Stephanie J. Creary

Chapter 3: Sources of Strength: Mobilizing Minority Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Identities as Resources

Laura Morgan Roberts and Sandra Cha

Chapter 4: How Identities and Discrimination Catalyze Global Entrepreneurship

Lakshmi Ramarajan and Emily LeRoux-Rutledge

Chapter 5: Intersectional Identity Salience and Positive Identity Construction

Doyin Atewologun


Section Introduction

Amy Lemley, Martin N. Davidson, Laura Morgan Roberts and Lynn Perry Wooten

Chapter 6: Authenticity on One’s Own Terms

Patricia Faison Hewlin

Chapter 7: Authenticity and Organizational Norms: A Positive Organizational Scholarship Lens

Tina Opie

Chapter 8: If I’m Comfortable Does That Mean I’m Included? And If I’m Included, Will I Now Be Comfortable?

Bernardo M. Ferdman

Chapter 9: Authentic Affirmation? Considering the Cultural Relevance of Strength-Based Practices in Global Organizations

Laura Morgan Roberts, Lynn Perry Wooten, Martin N. Davidson and Amy Lemley


Section Introduction

Amy Lemley, Laura Morgan Roberts, Martin N. Davidson and Lynn Perry Wooten

Chapter 10: Resilience and Failure

Katherine Giscombe

Chapter 11: Racial Socialization and Resilience of Minority Group Members

Demetria Henderson and Myrtle Bell

Chapter 12: Social Resilience: Building Persistence in Interracial Relationships

Tanya Menon and Arjun Chakravarti


Section Introduction

Amy Lemley, Martin N. Davidson, Laura Morgan Roberts and Lynn Perry Wooten

Chapter 13: Leading Beyond "We": The Nature and Consequences of a Boundary Spanning Mindset

Donna Chrobot-Mason, Jeffrey Yip and Alan James Yu

Chapter 14: Mentoring as a Connecting Competency Builder: Examining POS as a Catalyst for Mentoring Across Dimensions of Diversity

Stacy Blake-Beard, Audrey Murrell, Vineetha Krothapalli, Jessica Halem and Michelle Kweder

Chapter 15: Fostering High-quality Relationships Across Difference: Exploring a Care-Based Approach to Life Story-Telling and Life Story-Receiving

Sheldene Simola

Chapter 16: Discursive Spaces that Foster Transformative Learning in the Engaging of Differences: Implications for Global Society

Ilene C. Wasserman

Chapter 17: Leveraging Difference in a "Have Your Say" World

Heather Wishik

Chapter 18: The Two Faces of Ubuntu: An Inclusive Positive or Exclusive Parochial Leadership Perspective?

Lize A.E. Booysen



Section Introduction

Amy Lemley, Lynn Perry Wooten, Martin N. Davidson and Laura Morgan Roberts

Chapter 19: Diversity Management as a Generative Strategic Process: When the Business Case Meets Positive Organizational Scholarship

Lynn Perry Wooten, Kelle Parsons, Robby Griswold and Skot Welch

Chapter 20: From Exclusion to Inclusion: Inclusion and Empowerment in a South African Organization

Hugo Canham

Chapter 21: Assessing Organizational Culture and Engaging Faculty Diversity in Higher Education

Lamont A. Flowers, James L. Moore III, Lawrence O. Flowers and Tiffany A. Flowers

Chapter 22: Learning Together: A Positive Approach to Diversity and Inclusion Education

Vicki J. Rosenberg

Chapter 23: Organizational Support and Empowerment of Diversity in Work-Life Identities

Ellen Ernst Kossek



Section Introduction

Amy Lemley, Lynn Perry Wooten, Martin N. Davidson and Laura Morgan Roberts

Chapter 24: Constructive Conflict: The Essential Role of Diversity in Organizational Innovation

Jeff DeGraff and Chris Mueller

Chapter 25: The Benefits of Diversity for Innovation in Academic Research

Aurora Kamimura and Julie R. Posselt

Chapter 26: Promoting the Positive Effects of Team Diversity through SOAR: An Inclusive Approach for Strategic Thinking, Planning, and Leading

Jacqueline M. Stavros and Matthew L. Cole

Chapter 27: Life on the Edge: How Weird People Thrive in Organizations (and What They Can Teach Us about Diversity and Inclusion)

Martin N. Davidson

Conclusion: Building a Bridge to Positive Organizing

Laura Morgan Roberts, Lynn Perry Wooten and Martin N. Davidson

Biographies of contributors


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Laura Morgan Roberts is Professor of Psychology, Culture, and Organization Studies at Antioch University, USA.

Lynn Perry Wooten is Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Clinical Associate Professor of Strategy, Management, and Organizations at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, USA.

Martin N. Davidson is Johnson and Higgins Professor of Business Administration at the Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia, USA.


"The multiple disciplines associated with positive phenomena—including positive organizational scholarship—have been criticized as being narrow, culturally biased, and ignorant of issues related to diversity. This book is the best and most comprehensive treatment of these issues. It is sure to be the single most important compilation of knowledge and useful practice regarding issues of inclusion, diversity, prejudice, resilience, and equity by applying a positive lens." - Kim Cameron, University of Michigan, USA

"This outstanding volume builds a much-needed bridge between diversity, inclusion and positive organizational scholarship. Historically, diversity has been equated with negative processes, such as discrimination, prejudice and marginalization. Applying a positive perspective, Roberts, Wooten, and Davidson truly break new ground in offering a compelling and personal volume that uncovers the rich positive possibilities of diversity for learning, growth and development. Drawing on the leading scholars in the field, this volume provides a unique compilation of thought-provoking and accessible essays that will illuminate and enliven the field of diversity and inclusion. This extraordinary volume unleashes the power of positive and is a must-have book for diversity scholars and practitioners." - Belle Rose Ragins, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA