A framework for the study of positive deviance in organizations

Mertens, Willem, Recker, Jan C., Kohlborn, Thomas, & Kummer, Tyge-F. (2016) A framework for the study of positive deviance in organizations. Deviant Behavior, 37(11), pp. 1288-1307.

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Positive deviance describes behavior that deviates from salient norms, yet is positive in its intention or effect. It has received considerable attention in the sociology literature, and is increasingly being studied in the context of the workplace. The development of a cumulative tradition in this domain, however, is hindered by the continued coexistence of multiple definitions of positive deviance in organizations and the use of various measurements and research designs. In this paper, we synthesize existing definitions and approaches to the organizational study of positive deviance, integrate them into a coherent conceptual framework, and offer methodological advice and illustrations.

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ID Code: 98677
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Positive Deviance, Innovation, Deviant Behaviour, Mixed Methods
DOI: 10.1080/01639625.2016.1174519
ISSN: 1521-0456
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Taylor & Francis Group
Deposited On: 06 Sep 2016 23:30
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 00:34

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