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Positive Approach to Organization Practises, Problems, and Challenges

Short Overview

In every organizational approach, the main goal is growth, effectiveness and efficiency, profitability, and sustainability. In the organizational context, the positive approach emphasizes the study and understanding of the dynamic processes that lead to the development of human, team and organizational capabilities. The purpose of this course is for participants to develop knowledge and skills that will enable them to design and manage organizations in which individuals and teams perform at their best and organizations thrive. Individual and group well-being is the key to organizational excellence. The challenge from this perspective is twofold, a) on a personal level, what attitudes and behaviors does the person have and what motivates him/her to bring excellent results, b) from the role of the manager/supervisor, how does he/she create and activate frameworks (work design , culture, structures and processes), that enable individuals and groups to thrive.

  • What are the methodology and scientific tools for studying and measuring positive organizational interventions?
  • How do I design organizational, departmental and task management practices that promote well-being and excellence?
  • How do I develop programs to develop the psychological and social capital of organizations?
  • What parameters should I take into account for multi-level positive interventions both at the level of the individual, as well as at the level of collectives and the organization?
These are the main questions asked and analyzed in this course.

Learning Goals
After completing the course, participants are expected to be able to:
  • Identify positive individual characteristics and emotions and how these contribute to individual and group well-being and effectiveness,
  • Develop positive relationships and connections within the organization,
  • Recognize the parameters that influence the development of psychological, intellectual and social capital within the organization,
  • Design organizational processes and practices incorporating the positive dimension,
  • Understand and report the multi-level consequences of positive interventions in an organization,
  • Propose improvements to existing organizational mechanisms and processes for outstanding results.
Program Value
A wealth of research findings document the need to educate people in positive approaches. At the individual level, a) positivity strengthens the individual's "resources" at all levels (physical, cognitive, emotional and social), b) training is needed because the individual reacts faster and more strongly to negative phenomena than to positive, c) when both positive and negative elements are present, the negative effects are much more severe than positive ones and tend to last longer, and d) undesirable individual characteristics play a more important role in forming impressions than desirable ones, leading to errors in the assessment of individuals. At the organizational level, findings show that a) companies in various sectors (financial, manufacturing, health, public) that have implemented positive approaches have increased their desired organizational outcomes, b) when emphasis is placed on positive factors, then employees and organizations are more likely to grow, and c) in times of crisis, a positive approach can help organizational recovery and improve results . Thus, the positive approach can help individuals and organizations deal with difficult situations, problems and challenges and enhance growth and empowerment at all levels (individual, group and organizational).
Evaluation Method And Final Grade Computation
The assessment is based on self-assessment exercises at the end of each unit and a final written assignment linking the literature with a practical example. Successful completion of the program and award of a training certificate requires a final grade of at least 50%.
Learning Method Description
The program uses the eLearning educational method: learning takes place purely asynchronously (that is, on days and hours that serve the trainee, without mandatory attendance at a specific time or day), exclusively remotely (using a special educational platform via the internet from the trainee's area) and using digital educational tools such as video lectures, interactive self-assessment exercises, and other elearning tools that ensure effective and flexible individual self-learning. The program's training material becomes available at specific time periods, based on the training path followed, and then remains available on the training platform without restrictions throughout the duration of the program.
Teaching Language
Application deadline: 15/05/2024
Program start: 22/05/2024
Program completion: 07/08/2024
Way to follow
ECTS units: 1,5
Hours of asynchronous training: 30
Includes training hours (indicative) using an asynchronous distance learning (eLearning) platform.
Additional hours of employment: 15
Additional hours of work are included (indicative) and may include individual study, writing assignments, participation in field visits, participation in exams, etc.
Total hours: 45
The total hours include hours of synchronous and asynchronous training, as well as additional hours of employment.
Weeks of training: 10
Weeks in which activities of any kind are planned are included.
Vocational Education and Training Certificate
Trainees who successfully complete the program are granted a Vocational Education and Training Certificate of the Center for Education and Lifelong Learning of the Athens University of Economics and Business, which is accompanied by a Supplement to the Certificate, detailing the subject of the program, the thematic units attended by the trainee , as well as the training methodology followed.
Target Audience
The program is aimed at all employees who want to enrich their knowledge of positive approaches to organizational practices, challenges and problems in the workplace and to develop their skills as executives for more effective management of people and organizations.
Prerequisite Knowledge
  • High school diploma
  • Basic computer skills (word processing, worksheets, browsers, e-mail).
  • Knowledge of English at the B2 level as a minimum to take advantage of the optional material.
Scientific Responsible
Mode And Frequency Of Communication
Communication between trainers and trainees is purely asynchronous, via e-mails and/or personal messages through the training platform.
The total amount of tuition is €350 and is paid in two installments. The first installment, of €160, is paid as an advance before the start of the courses, to secure the place, and the second, of €190, is paid before the program is half completed. In the event of a discount, the above amounts are reduced proportionally. Especially in the case of a 20% discount, the above amounts are set at €280 (total amount), €160 (first installment - advance payment) and €120 (second installment).
Trainees are informed of the installment amounts and related deadlines via email upon their acceptance into the program.


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