Positive psychological interventions aimed at enhancing psychological ownership

Llewellyn van Zyl, Leoni van der Vaart, Lehan Stemmet

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Interventions aimed at the enhancement of positive organisational behaviours, within organisational contexts, are imperative for creating and sustaining a high-performance culture, where individual and organisational strengths are optimized and top-talent retained. Psychological ownership, one form of positive organisational behaviour, comprises of self-identity, belongingness, self-efficacy, accountability and territoriality, and is a critical factor in the enhancement of individual performance. Despite this importance, limited research exists regarding evidence-based positive psychological intervention strategies aimed at the development of psychological ownership within organisational contexts (Olckers and van Zyl in Soc Ind Res 127(2):887-901, 2016). As such, the purpose of this chapter will be to propose evidence-based intervention strategies centred on the development of self-identity, belongingness, self-efficacy, and accountability as well as the management of territorial behaviours within multi-cultural contexts from a positive psychology perspective. This chapter aims to present both the theoretical implications and practical guidelines for building psychological ownership.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTheoretical orientations and practical applications of psychological ownership
EditorsChantal Olckers, Llewellyn van Zyl, Leoni van der Vaart
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-70247-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-70246-9
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2017


  • Positive psychological interventions Positive organisational behaviours
  • Psychological ownership


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