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Course module: 201400185
Positive Organizing
Course info
Course module201400185
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. H.A. van Vuuren
Contactperson for the course
dr. H.A. van Vuuren
dr. H.A. van Vuuren
Academic year2023
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Learning goals
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
Relation with the final attainment targets:
1. describe and summarize relevant theories and principles of Positive Organizational Scholarship for individual, relational and organizational functioning; 1.1, 1.2, 1.6
2. explain the rationale for, and strengths & weaknesses of Positive Organizational Scholarship and positive interventions; 2.2, 3.1, 5.1
3. analyze organizational processes from the perspective of Positive Organizational Scholarship; 1.3, 1.4, 2.3, 4.3
4. provide interventions from Positive Organizational Scholarship for questions that arise in organizational settings. 3.5
The traditional problem-orientation of science runs the risk of missing the unique characteristics of goodness, health and beauty. Peace is more than the absence of war, just as health is more than the absence of illness. The opposite of ‘bad’ is ‘not bad’, which is really something different than ‘good’. So how can one understand the nature of flourishing people, sustainable communication and healthy organizations? This is the research area of positive organizing. The awareness that in order to study meaningfulness, flourishing and strengths in organizations is nothing less than a paradigm shift, in a world where the focus primarily lies on problems, pathologies and limitations.
In this master course, we will explore this approach, looking at ways in which a positive take on organizational communication benefits the understanding of organizing (without becoming happy-clappy romantics) and is inspiring for research (without slackening on the disciplined rigor of social science).
In line with the research tradition within Positive Organizational Scholarship we will address themes related the generative dynamics in and of organizations that enable individuals, groups, and organizations as a whole to flourish. It deals with how organizations are macro contexts that shape positive states and positive outcomes for individuals, groups, and whole organizations (e.g., Cameron, Dutton, & Quinn, 2003).and the  development of  positive psychological states that enhance human performance.

If their examination board and programme board allows it. Students from the following UT master programmes can follow this course: BA, BIT, CEM, CME, EST, EEM, HS, IEM, PA, and SET.

Master students from the following master programmes from the University of Twente meet the general prerequisites: BIT, BA, CEM, CME, EST, EEM, HS, IEM, PSY, PA, RM, SET.

Bachelor students who have the possibility to follow a master course during their bachelor programme and would like to take this course can submit a motivated request no later than three weeks before the start of the quartile, containing:
  • •   Study progress overview from Osiris
  • •   Description of how the student meets the course’s prerequisites
  • •   Approval of the programme director (or a delegate from the bachelor programme) for following this master course
 The request should be sent to
Assumed previous knowledge
Bachelor Communication Science
Premaster Communication Studies

Exchange students
Relevant domain specific knowledge. To be decided by the admission committee Communication Science.
Participating study
Master Communication Science
Required materials
Scientific articles.
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes


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