Title

Strengthspotting as a facilitator of wellbeing contagion: How positive behaviour can infect organisational networks

RIS ID

112543

Publication Details

Lea, R. P., Almeida, S. & Caputi, P. (2016). Strengthspotting as a facilitator of wellbeing contagion: How positive behaviour can infect organisational networks. 30th ANZAM Conference

Abstract

The following paper acknowledges limitations in strengths and organisational studies and aims to position the novel concept of strengthspotting as a social currency and positive behaviour capable of facilitating wellbeing contagion throughout organisational networks. Theories of social exchange, social networks, and emotional contagion are aligned as a theoretical framework, and the concept of wellbeing loops and a strengthspotting and wellbeing cycle are introduced. With no clear conceptualisation or robust definition of strengthspotting, its potential has not yet been effectively capitalised upon within organisational studies, and would arguably provide insight into the operationalisation of positive organisational scholarship. The paper provides a starting point for the consideration of strengthspotting in future organisational studies and the development of a more sophisticated measurement tool.

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