The Positive Psychology of Sustainable Enterprise
A special theme issue of The Journal of Corporate Citizenship (Issue 46)
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In a world where just about every corporation is going greener and more socially responsible, and where many have found that building a better world and building a stronger business indeed go hand in hand, it is time for scholars and managers alike to explore the impact of sustainability action on the workforce and people; that is, to study exactly how the quest for sustainable value affects the human side of enterprise. If, as Aristotle observed, we are what we repeatedly do – and if much if not most of our waking lives is spent in the context of organisations – then what happens to us when we are engaged in organisations that are leading and breaking the sustainability barrier?The ten papers in this important issue explore the proposition that the quest for sustainability is the most significant human development opportunity of the 21st century – and that when people learn about and work toward building a sustainable world they too are poised to flourish in ways that elevate innovation, personal excellence and workplace well-being.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents Mirror Flourishing and the Positive Psychology of Sustainability+David Cooperrider and Ronald Fry, The Fowler Center for Sustainable Value, Case Western Reserve University, USA Employee Engagement and Sustainability: A Model for Implementing Meaningfulness at and in Work Ante Glavas, University of Notre Dame, USA Flourishing: A Vision for Business and the World Chris Laszlo et al., Case Western Reserve University, USA Exploring the Relationship Between Corporate Social Performance and Work Marc Lavine, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA The Positive Arc of Systemic Strengths: How Appreciative Inquiry and Sustainable Designing Can Bring Out the Best in Human Systems David L. Cooperrider, Case Western Reserve University, USA, and Michelle McQuaid, University of Melbourne, Australia Antecendents and Consequences of Ecological Transcendence: An Organisational Perspective David B. Zoogah, Earl Graves School of Business and Management, Morgan State University, Baltimore, USA Transforming Sustainability Gabriel B. Grant, Yale University, USA Waking up at Work: Sustainability as a Catalyst for Organisational Change Cynthia Scott, Presidio Graduate School, USA, and Andrew Bryson, Saatchi & Saatchi S, USA Embodying Tian Tao in the "Biophilic University" David R. Jones, Aberdeen Business School, UK Sustainability and Innovation: Creating Change that Engages the Workforce Kathleen Miller Perkins, Miller Consultants, Inc., USA