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date: 17 February 2020

(p. xi) Acknowledgments

(p. xi) Acknowledgments

We wish to acknowledge the financial and instrumental support of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Interdisciplinary Committee on Organizational Studies at the University of Michigan. These units provided funding for the inaugural POS conference in 2001, and this event created the stimulus for the formation of a community of positive organizational scholars. They have continued their loyal support of positive organizational scholarship (POS) throughout the entire decade.

We owe a special debt of appreciation to our colleagues in the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship at the University of Michigan: Wayne Baker, Jane Dutton, David Mayer, Bob Quinn, and Lynn Wooten. Their encouragement for this Handbook endeavor and their feedback on its content has been invaluable. We are also indebted to the larger community of POS scholars throughout the world, who have been the producers of so much of the knowledge included in this Handbook. Although many are authors of chapters, we were limited in how many contributors could be included. The work of many stellar scholars does not appear merely because of page constraints. We also thank our colleagues—including an incredible cohort of doctoral students—in the management and organizations department at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Their insights, feedback, energy, and support have been incalculable.

We are especially indebted to Janet Max, the superb administrator of our Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship and to Meredith Mecham Smith, the administrator of the Handbook project at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, for their excellent administrative support in the preparation of this book. It could not have happened without them. We also thank Abby Gross and Chad Zimmerman at Oxford University Press for their trust in us and for their helpful support in the process.

Finally, we owe a special debt of gratitude to our families (especially Melinda and Bob, our spouses) for the support and encouragement of our work. You are what makes life worth living.

Kim S. Cameron

Gretchen M. Spreitzer

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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