Toward the Construct Definition of Positive Deviance

Resource type
Authors/contributors
Title
Toward the Construct Definition of Positive Deviance
Abstract
In this article, the authors develop a definition of positive deviance, a foundational construct in positive organizational scholarship. They offer a normative definition of positive deviance: intentional behaviors that depart from the norms of a referent group in honorable ways. The authors contrast this normative perspective on deviance with statistical, supraconformity, and reactive perspectives on deviance. They also develop research propositions that differentiate positive deviance from related prosocial types of behaviors, including organizational citizenship, whistle-blowing, corporate social responsibility, and creativity/innovation. Finally, the authors offer some initial ideas on how to operationalize positive deviance.
Publication
American Behavioral Scientist
Volume
47
Issue
6
Pages
828-847
Date
2004
Language
English
DOI
10.1177/0002764203260212
ISSN
0002-7642
Archive
Scopus
Library Catalog
Scopus
Citation
Spreitzer, G. M., & Sonenshein, S. (2004). Toward the Construct Definition of Positive Deviance. American Behavioral Scientist, 47(6), 828–847. Scopus. https://doi.org/10.1177/0002764203260212