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Editorial Board:   Meghana Rao |  Annelise Austill  |  Scott Donaldson


From the desk of the Editor-in-Chief

Meg RaohotDear IPPA W&O Members,

I am excited to announce the launch of the inaugural issue of IPPA Work and Organizations Division bi-annual newsletter, Positive Work and Organizations: Research and Practice (PWORP). The newsletter is aimed at creating a space for our member scholars and practitioners around the world to share knowledge, experience, and insights on a common platform, and develop opportunities for networking and growth. Our vision for PWORP is to be anchored in the scientific research and evidence-based practice of positive work and organizations and serve as a publication that is “one step below a journal”. The PWORP will publish empirical and conceptual scholarship as well as literature reviews, philosophical commentaries, and evidence-based thought-provoking discussions of issues on the ground. Thus, drawing from the vision and goals of the division, the newsletter will highlight both research and practice and serve as a bridge between these areas.

In putting together this inaugural issue, my editorial team, Annelise Austill, Scott Donaldson, and I were very pleased to receive high–quality submissions. We are grateful to the enthusiastic response of the Work & Organizations Division members. In this newsletter you will find theory, research, teaching and practice briefs, book reviews, interviews, news and announcements, and member achievements from our leading member scholars and practitioners. I hope you will find this issue inspiring and thought-provoking.

Thank you for your continued support and membership.

Happy reading,

Meg Rao
President, Work & Organizations Division
International Positive Psychology Association

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In This Issue

Positive Psychology at Work: Research and Practice, by Suzy Green and Olivia Evans
Dr. Suzy Green and Olivia Evans discuss their upcoming chapter entitled ‘Positive Psychology at Work: Research and Practice’ for inclusion in the Springer text ‘Positive Psychology Interventions in Practice’ to be published in 2016. Using academic research and commercial insights, these authors explore the critical role of positive psychology in every level of an organization.
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The Role of Meanings in Individual, Group and Organizational Health and Productivity: Logoteleological Interventions, by Luis A. Marrero
Luis Marrero is the pioneer of Meaningful Purpose Psychology (MPP) or Logoteleology, a science that examines the meanings that successful people, groups, and organizations apply in order to thrive and succeed. Luis explains MPP theory, some of its propositions, and its application as an intervention tool.
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Introducing workplace wellbeing into organizations: The “Me, We, Us” Model, by Aaron Jarden
In this inaugural issue, Dr. Aaron Jarden proposes his “Me, We, Us” model, a tool to introduce wellbeing initiatives to organizations. His approach provides a language to understand the multiple levels of assessment and intervention needed to maximize performance and wellbeing in organizations.
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Positive Organizations – A Case Study at Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong Australia, by Paula Robinson, Ph.D.
Dr. Paula Robinson describes her pilot three-day lecture series conducted at Sydney Business School in Australia. This series, which delves into the research and applications of Positive Organizational Scholarship, provides a framework for other interventions in the field to increase leader and organizational wellbeing.
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Building Resources in a Correctional Setting Through Self-Care, by Rokas Perskaudas and Philip Magaletta
Rokas Perskaudas and Dr. Philip Magaletta outline an approach to integrate positive psychology into the training of early career correctional psychologists. Their approach is meant to motivate self-care, sustained personal growth, and institutional change for psychologists who work in a demanding setting.
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Interview with Stewart Donaldson
Dr. Stewart Donaldson discusses the current programs and training opportunities for those interested in positive psychology in the context of work and organizations. He highlights new programs in Positive Human Resource Development and opportunities for alumni.
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Interview with Rob Koonce 
Dr. Rob Koonce answers questions about his new position as the chair of the Leadership Development MIG for the International Leadership Association (ILA), his research on leader-follower exchange, and his advice to new students in positive leadership.
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Book review of Positive organizing in a global society: Understanding and engaging differences for capacity-building and inclusion edited by Laura Morgan Roberts, Lynn Wooten, and Martin Davidson
The inaugural issue of the newsletter includes a book review of Laura Morgan Roberts, Lynn Wooten, and Martin Davidson’s recently published work, Positive organizing in a global society: Understanding and engaging differences for capacity-building and inclusion. This volume of essays unites the latest research in diversity, inclusion and positive organizational scholarship (POS) to investigate diversity and inclusion dynamics in workplaces, schools and communities. Comprised of succinct chapters, this book covers six key areas: authenticity, equity and inclusivity in systems, intersectional identities, relating across differences, resilience, and the role of diversity in innovation.
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