David Cooperrider, Ron Fry and Chris Laszlo on The Positive Psychology of Sustainable Enterprise in The Journal of Corporate Citizenship | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

David Cooperrider, Ron Fry and Chris Laszlo on The Positive Psychology of Sustainable Enterprise in The Journal of Corporate Citizenship

Posted 7.3.2013

In the 46th issue of The Journal of Corporate Citizenship, David Cooperrider and Ron Fry introduce the connection between positive psychology and sustainable enterprise. In their paper, Cooperrider and Fry present the term “mirror flourishing,” which they define as “consonant flourishing or growing together that happens naturally and reciprocally to us when we actively engage in or witness the acts that help nature flourish, others flourish, or the world as a whole to flourish.” More specifically, mirror flourishing addresses the connection between a flourishing workplace and an organization’s efforts for a more sustainable future. 

As stated by John Stuart, managing editor of The Journal of Corporate Citizenship, “The ten papers in this important issue explore the proposition that the quest for sustainability is the most significant human development opportunity of the 21st century—and that when people learn about and work toward building a sustainable world they too are poised to flourish in ways that elevate innovation, personal excellence and workplace well-being. Put another way, corporate citizenship is not only about serving or satisfying external stakeholders, it is also core to individual flourishing inside the firm.

In a world where just about every corporation is going greener and more socially responsible, and where many have found that building a better world and building a stronger business indeed go hand in hand, it is time for scholars and managers alike to explore the impact of sustainability actions on the workforce and people; that is, to study exactly how the quest for sustainable value affects the human side of enterprise. If most of our waking lives is spent in the context of organizations—then what happens to us when we are engaged in organizations that are leading and breaking the sustainability barrier?”

This issue of the journal also features a paper from Chris Laszlo, associate professor of organizational behavior, titled Flourishing: A Vision for Business and the World.

The paper  Employee Engagement and Sustainability: A Model for Implementing Meaningfulness at and in Work by Ante Glavas, an assistant professor at Mendoza College of Business who received his PhD from Weatherhead, is also included in this issue.

The Journal of Corporate Citizenship (JCC) focuses explicitly on integrating theory about corporate citizenship with management practice. The journal provides a forum in which the tensions and practical realities of making corporate citizenship real are addressed in a reader-friendly, yet conceptually and empirically rigorous format. For more information on JCC please visit their website.


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