Mission Statement

The IPPA Work and Organizations Division’s mission is to serve as a bridge between research and practice and facilitate collaboration to increase the incorporation of positive psychology in academic research related to organizations and the practice of positive psychology in the organizational context, thereby positively transforming the way the world works.

Who Should Join?

The IPPA Work and Organizations Division is a forum for academics, researchers, practitioners, and organizations interested in the study and application of positive psychological concepts in organizational settings. Scholars and practitioners engaged in industrial/organizational psychology, organizational behavior, organizational development and change, management, HR, and related areas, including those relatively new to positive psychology, are encouraged to join the division and discover new ways to study and apply positive psychological principles in the organizational context.

What Does the Division Do?

The division provides researchers and practitioners a forum to discuss and collaborate in the development and application of positive psychology principles aimed to improve individual, team and organizational well-being and performance across various contexts and cultures. The Work and Organization Division’s vision and goals are described in this inaugural charter. The charter, which was ratified in 2015, informs the division’s work.

How Do I Join?

Membership in the division is free and open to any current IPPA member at the Member, Associate and Student level. Affiliates may sign up to receive news updates from the Division, but may not participate in Division activities. If you currently have an active IPPA membership and meet the above criteria, you can join the Division by logging into your member profile. Click “Edit/View Information.” Scroll down the form and check the “Work and Organizations Division” box at the bottom of the page.
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Following a meeting at the Third World Congress on Positive Psychology in Los Angeles, June 2013, a group of dedicated volunteers formed a launch committee and worked with IPPA Leadership to draft an initial vision and charter for the IPPA Work & Organizations Division. In May 2014, Division members elected their inaugural President, President-Elect and Secretary. The division activities are now in full swing. Stay tuned to learn more.