New books


Exploring positive relationships at work

Building a theoretical and research foundation

Jane E. Dutton og Belle Rose Ragins

Lawrence Erlbaum Associates 2007, 440 s. ISBN 0805853898
Bogomtale fra forlaget.

This edited volume brings together a select group of leading organizational scholars for the purpose of developing a foundation-setting book on positive relationships at work. Positive Relationships at Work (PRW) is a rich new interdisciplinary domain of inquiry that focuses on the generative processes, relational mechanisms and outcomes associated with positive relationships between people at work. This volume builds a solid foundation for this promising new area of scholarly inquiry and offers a multidisciplinary exploration of how relationships at work become a source of growth, vitality, learning and generative states of human and collective flourishing. A unique feature of the book is the use of a connecting commentator chapter at the end of each section. The Commentator Chapters, written by preeminent scholars, uncover and discuss integrative themes that emerge within sections.

The editors approach the topic from multiple levels, each level providing critical, valuable insights into the dynamic process underlying positive relationships at work. These levels are arranged in five parts:
* an introduction to positive relationships at work;
* Individuals and Dyads;
* Groups and Communities;
* Organizations & Organizing; and
* a conclusion that offers an engaging invitation and multi-level map for guiding future research.

This volume will appeal to academics and practitioners, as well as scholars and graduate students in organizational psychology, management, human resources, and inter-personal communications.
Contents: Series Foreword. Part I: Introduction. B.R. Ragins, J.E. Dutton, Positive Relationships at Work: An Introduction and Invitation. Part II: Positive Relationships: Individuals and Dyads. L.M. Roberts, From Proving to Becoming: How Positive Relationships Create a Context for Self-Discovery and Self-Actualization. E.D. Heaphy, Bodily Insights: Three Lenses on Positive Organizational Relationships. R.W. Quinn, Energizing Others in Work Connections. B.R. Ragins, A.K. Verbos, Positive Relationships in Action: Relational Mentoring and Mentoring Schemas in the Workplace. M.G. Pratt, K.T. Dirks, Rebuilding Trust and Restoring Positive Relationships: A Commitment-Based View of Trust. M.N. Davidson, E.H. James, The Engines of Positive Relationships Across Difference: Conflict and Learning. J. Greenberg, Positive Organizational Justice: From Fair to Fairer—and Beyond. S. Duck, Commentary: Finding Connections at the Individual/Dyadic Level. Part III: Positive Relationships: Groups and Communities. W.A. Kahn, Meaningful Connections: Positive Relationships and Attachments at Work. M. Higgins, A Contingency Perspective on Developmental Networks. D. Ancona, W. Isaacs, Structural Balance in Teams. R. Blatt, C.T. Camden, Positive Relationships and Cultivating Community. K.L. McGinn, History, Structure, and Practices: San Pedro Longshoremen in the Face of Change. W.A. Kahn,  Commentary: Positive Relationships in Groups and Communities. Part IV: Positive Relationships: Organizations and Organizing. K. Golden-Biddle, K. GermAnn, T. Reay, G. Procyshen, Creating and Sustaining Positive Organizational Relationships: A Cultural Perspective. M.A. Glynn, K. Wrobel, My Family, My Firm: How Familial Relationships Function as Endogenous Organizational Resources. W. Baker, J.E. Dutton, Enabling Positive Social Capital in Organizations. J.K. Fletcher, Leadership, Power, and Positive Relationships. D.M. Rousseau, K. Ling, Commentary: Following the Resources in Positive Organizational Relationships. Part V: Conclusion. J.E. Dutton, B.R. Ragins, Moving Forward: Positive Relationships at Work as a Research Frontier.