Improvement by Design: The Promise of Better Schools

December 6, 2013

By: Donald J. Peurach

One of the great challenges now facing education reformers in the United States is how to devise a consistent and intelligent framework for instruction that will work across the nation’s notoriously fragmented and politically conflicted school systems. Various programs have tried to do that, but only a few have succeeded. Improvement by Design looks at […]


On Purpose
On Purpose: Lessons In Life and Health From The Frog, The Dung Beetle, and Julia

November 23, 2013

By: Vic Strecher


When Vic Strecher lost his daughter, Julia, to a rare heart disease, his world ended. Only it didn’t. Vic’s wife, Jeri, and older daughter, Rachael, were still very much alive, as were his two demanding careers. What did end was his worldview: one based on long-held assumptions and beliefs about life, death, disease, health, risk, […]


Achieving Success Through Social Capital: Tapping the Hidden Resources in Your Personal and Business Networks

November 27, 2012

By: Wayne Baker

This book guides you through the process of evaluating, building, and using social capital. After introducing the subject of social capital (Chapter One), it shows you how to use sociometric Executive Summary techniques to analyze the state and quality of your personal and business networks (Chapter Two), boost your access to resources by making your networks more entrepreneurial through more than twenty proven practices used by free agents and members
of organizations (Chapter Three), and use social capital ethically and invoke the power of re c i p rocity by deploying your social capital in service to others (Chapter Four). Finally, it turns to the level of the organization, focusing on ten practices that entrepreneurs, business owners, managers, executives, and business leaders can use to build social capital as an organizational competence (Chapter Five).


Positive Leadership: Strategies for Extraordinary Performance

August 6, 2012

By: Kim S. Cameron


Positive Leadership shows how to reach beyond ordinary success to achieve extraordinary effectiveness, spectacular results, and what Kim Cameron calls “positively deviant performance”—performance far above the norm. Citing a wide range of research in organizational behavior, medical science, and psychology as well as real-world examples, Cameron shows that to achieve exceptional success, leaders must emphasize […]


Using a Positive Lens to Explore Social Change and Organizations

March 14, 2012

By: Jane Dutton, Karen Golden-Biddle


How can application of a positive lens to understanding social change and organizations enrich and elaborate theory and practice? This is the core question that inspired this book. It is a question that brought together a diverse and talented group of researchers interested in change and organizations in different problem domains (sustainability, healthcare, and poverty […]


The Deep Change Field Guide
The Deep Change Field Guide: A Personal Course to Discovering the Leader Within

March 12, 2012

By: Robert E. Quinn

Based on the bestselling book, Deep Change, The Deep Change Field Guide takes readers through the introspective journey of personal transformation. The field guide streamlines, updates, and augments the content of the original book into an interactive self-teaching course that helps readers learn how to become powerful agents of change. Learning tools include reflection questions, film assignments, and action plans that help readers think about the concepts in terms of their own situations, and identify actions to embody the concepts in their lives.


Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

August 22, 2011

By: Kim S. Cameron, Gretchen M. Spreitzer

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Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) is an umbrella concept used to emphasize what elevates and what is inspiring to individuals and organizations by defining and improving on the challenging, broken, and needlessly difficult. Just as positive psychology explores optimal individual psychological states rather than pathological ones, POS focuses attention on the generative dynamics in organizations that […]


Diagnosing and Changing Organizational Culture: Based on the Competing Values Framework

March 29, 2011

By: Kim S. Cameron, Robert E. Quinn

The Third Edition of this key resource provides a means of understanding and changing organizational culture in order to make organizations more effective. It provides validated instruments for diagnosing organizational culture and management competency; a theoretical framework (competing values) for understanding organizational culture; and a systematic strategy and methodology for changing organizational culture and personal behavior. New edition includes online versions of the MSAI and OCAI assessments and new discussions of the implications of national cultural profiles.


Organizational Effectiveness

October 1, 2010

By: Kim S. Cameron

This comprehensive volume identifies the foundations and scholarly development of the construct of organizational effectiveness, charting its emergence and maturing in organizational studies literature.