Positive Organisational Psychology 2.0: Embracing The Technological Revolution

Llewellyn Ellardus van Zyl*, Bryan J. Dik, Stewart I. Donaldson, Jeff Klibert, Zelda Di Blasi, Jessica van Wingerden, Marisa Salanova

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Positive Organisational Psychology (POP) has experienced significant growth in the past two decades, contributing to our understanding of work-related well-being and performance. However, the discipline is now on the cusp of a new wave of research and innovation that may reshape its discourse. This paper introduces the concept of ‘Positive Organisational Psychology 2.0’ (POP 2.0) as an evidence-based, data-driven field that utilizes technological advancements and human-centred design to understand and enhance positive characteristics of individuals, organisations, and society for optimal psychological functioning, wellbeing, and performance. The paper begins with an overview of POP’s emergence, highlighting its key characteristics and exploring the factors behind its rapid growth and declining relevance. We then conceptualize POP 2.0, outline its defining features, and advocate for a broader scope, expanded focal audience, enhanced methodologies, and transformative role shifts for practitioners. We conclude by outlining opportunities, challenges and perspectives for the next wave of innovative research.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Positive Psychology
Early online date12 Sept 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print/First online - 12 Sept 2023


  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • Positive Organisational Behaviour
  • Positive Organisational Scholarship
  • future perspectives
  • Positive organisational psychology


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