Applying Positive Psychology to Knowledge Management

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    Abstract

    Positive psychology is a relatively new field that is viewed as a movement to restore psychology's mission of finding human talent and making life worthwhile. Its main focus is on the average person's mental functioning and well-being. Latest research reveals the importance of positive emotions on motivation, achievement, mental/physical health, and performance in settings like school and work. This paper proposes that the identification and consideration of positive cognitions among group members as tacit knowledge types enhances the tacit knowledge transformation among the members and promotes the application of positive psychology in group-work. Such a process leads to more efficient, more satisfied and more accomplished individuals and consequently more efficient group work. The process followed in applying positive psychology includes methods of learning how to transfer tacit positive thoughts and attitudes into more practical explicit knowledge through based on Nonaka's and knowledge-management process (Nonaka 1998). In addition, components that attemptto enhance physical health, knowledge, achievement and motivation among group members are suggested based on the assumption that a "relaxed" members engages more positively in the group work and in the knowledge capture and transformation process. The application will have a program which targets individuals working in small groups and the efficacy of such an intervention will be based on observations and group-progress-reports based experiment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th European Conference on Knowledge Management
    EditorsJuan Gabriel Cegarra
    Place of PublicationLithuania
    PublisherAcademic Publishing
    Pages280-286
    Number of pages7
    Edition1
    ISBN (Print)978-1-908272-64-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventEuropean Conference on Knowledge Management (EKM 2012 13th) - Cartagena, Spain, Cartagena, Spain
    Duration: 6 Sep 20127 Sep 2012
    Conference number: 2012 (13th)

    Conference

    ConferenceEuropean Conference on Knowledge Management (EKM 2012 13th)
    Abbreviated titleEKM
    CountrySpain
    CityCartagena
    Period6/09/127/09/12

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    El-Den, J. (2012). Applying Positive Psychology to Knowledge Management. In J. G. Cegarra (Ed.), Proceedings of the 13th European Conference on Knowledge Management (1 ed., pp. 280-286). Academic Publishing.