Virtuousness as a source of happiness in organizations

By: Kim S. Cameron, Arran Caza

Cameron, K.S & Caza, A. (2012). Virtuousness as a source of happiness in organizations. In A. Conley, S. David & I. Boniwell (Eds.), Oxford handbook of happiness. New York: Oxford University Press


This chapter reviews the literature concerning the relationship between happiness and collective virtuousness in organizations to understand how organizational virtue may foster happiness. While relatively little research has examined this question, what work exists provides evidence that organizational virtuousness contributes to happiness in three ways: amplifying effects, buffering effects, and heliotropic effects. Each of these effects is explained in light of existing theory, and their implications for future research are discussed.