International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Social Life of Organizations
Lloyd E. Sandelands, Monica C. Worline

Abstract
A new field of positive organizational studies (POS) has been proposed to enlarge our understanding of organizations to include neglected aspects of social life such as resilience, spontaneity, flow, courage, thriving, and virtue. Despite its promise, this nascent research field has come up against a philosophical problem of knowing more than it can say about the social life of organizations. Drawing upon the art of photography, we describe the social life of organizations in terms of three essential tensions—of love, play, and individuation—that comprise its forms and feelings. We suggest that the field of POS can better realize its important contribution to organization studies by augmenting its focus on the natural causes and effects of social life in organizations with a focus on the spiritual forms and feelings of social life in organizations.

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