Positive deviance in theory and practice: a conceptual review

Herington, Matthew J. and van de Fliert, Elske (2017) Positive deviance in theory and practice: a conceptual review. Deviant Behavior, 1-15. doi:10.1080/01639625.2017.1286194

Author Herington, Matthew J.
van de Fliert, Elske
Title Positive deviance in theory and practice: a conceptual review
Journal name Deviant Behavior   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1521-0456
Publication date 2017-02-17
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01639625.2017.1286194
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Abstract The term “positive deviance” has become increasingly popular in recent years, resulting in the co-existence of multiple definitions and applications scattered among diverse sources of academic literature. The aim of this paper is to bring conceptual clarity to the term by providing a comprehensive synthesis and review of the positive deviance literature. Analysis reveals conceptual and thematic differences in the language employed by authors applying positive deviance in a practical context compared with articles of a more theoretical nature. New directions are proposed for exploring the use and merit of the positive deviance concept into new areas of research.
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