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Positive HR: A Conceptual Framework to Positively Reinvent HR

Witness the birth of a new generation of HR management as I present a conceptual framework of "Positive HR" and the application of positive organizational psychology principles and approaches to people management.


The art and science of people management continue to evolve both in theory and in practice. From the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, people management have been known under different names such as Welfare Management to Labor and Industrial Relations Management to Personnel Management to Human Resources Management and most recently, as Human Capital Management to respond to the ever-evolving role of people management in organizations and societies.

However, the traditional roles that HR play are experiencing new challenges to make itself relevant in the new world of work. And with the advent of globalization and advances in technology, management science, psychology, and sociology, the world of work (i.e., the Work, the Worker, and the Workplace) have also changed.

Therefore, HR needs to go to its next stage of evolution and positively reinvent itself through the application of positive psychology principles and methods to HR’s traditional roles.

This Talk aims to propose a conceptual framework for the establishment of another domain of Positive Organizational Scholarship/Behavior called “Positive Human Resources Management” or “Positive HR” or “HR+” to respond to this change imperative.

Positive HR can be used as a strategic tool to help build more strengths-based workplaces that maximize the human potential and help create more Positive Organizations and Institutions in the world.


VENUE Adderley Positive Research Incubator, Center for Positive Organizations

Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

701 Tappan StreetAnn Arbor, MI 48109-1234

WHEN February 23, 2018 (Friday) EST | February 23, 2018 (Friday) JST

TIME 09:00-10:00 a.m. EST | 23:00-24:00 JST

ADMISSION By Invitation Only. Please email Amy Young at for invitations.

Research is the heart of Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS), and we want to make sure that we support each other in developing high quality research. To that end, we created the Adderley Positive Research Incubator for sharing and encouraging POS-related research ideas that are at various stages of development.

Learn more about the Adderley Positive Research Incubator here

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