Yoga and Positive Psychology for Managing Career and Life

By Prof. Ashish Pandey   |   IIT Bombay
Learners enrolled: 1400
Management is commonly understood as getting maximum returns from the available resources to achieve valued objectives. Management involves managing money, material, machine and men. While first three factors can be managed in objective manner when it comes to managing ‘men’ it is essentially managing ‘minds’. To manage or lead minds of others a manager needs to manage his or her own mind. Managing mind which can also be termed as managing ‘self’ requires systematic reflection on ‘self’. The course is weaved around the methods of strengthening of physical, emotional, intellectual aspects of ‘self’ based on the principles and practices of Yoga and Positive Psychology.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: BTech and BE students of 3rd or 4rth Year, MBA students, Working professionals, Researchers and Teachers in Yoga

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: There are many business organizations which promote Yoga and Positive psychology for the enhancing wellbeing of their employees. Employees and Managers of L&OD functions of the corporates will value this course.
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 20 Feb 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Exam Date : 30 Apr 2023 IST
Enrollment Ends : 20 Feb 2023
Category :
  • Management Studies
  • Psychology
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

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Course layout

Week 1: Positive Psychology, Yoga and Indian Psychology: Introduction and Connections
Week 2: Realizing Flourishing and Authentic Happiness in Career and Life
Week 3: Body Mind Connections for Managing Career and Life: Ayurveda and Yoga
Week 4: Nurturing Positive Emotions: Perspective from Positive Psychology and Indian Psychology
Week 5: Building Positive Relationship in Life and at Work
Week 6: Discovering Meaning and Purpose in Career and Life
Week 7: Psychotherapy in Indian Psychology and Yoga Tradition
Week 8: Application of the Concepts of Positive Psychology and Yoga at Workplace

Books and references

Text books:
Lopez, S. J., Pedrotti, J. T., & Snyder, C. R. (2021). Positive psychology: The scientific and practical explorations of human strengths. Sage publications.
Rao, K. R., & Paranjpe, A. C. (2016). Psychology in the Indian tradition. Springer India.
Support and Reference Readings:
• Bies, R. J., Barclay, L. J., Tripp, T. M., & Aquino, K. (2016). A systems perspective on forgiveness in organizations. The Academy of Management Annals, 10(1), 245-318.
• Dagar, C., & Pandey, A. (2020). Well-Being at Workplace: A Perspective from Traditions of Yoga and Ayurveda. The Palgrave Handbook of Workplace Well-Being, 1-28.
• Dagar, C., Pandey, A., & Navare, A. (2020). How Yoga-Based Practices Build Altruistic Behavior? Examining the Role of Subjective Vitality, Self-transcendence, and Psychological Capital. Journal of Business Ethics, 1-16. ttps://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-020-04654-7
• Dutton, J. E., & Ragins, B. R. (2017). Exploring positive relationships at work: Building a theoretical and research foundation. Psychology Press.
• Dutton, J. E., Roberts, L. M., & Bednar, J. (2010). Pathways for positive identity construction at work: Four types of positive identity and the building of social resources. Academy of Management Review, 35(2), 265-293.
• Fredrickson, B. L. (2001). The role of positive emotions in positive psychology: The broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions. American psychologist, 56(3), 218.
• Fredrickson, B. L., & Losada, M. F. (2005). Positive affect and the complex dynamics of human flourishing. American psychologist, 60(7), 678.
• Hendrick, C., & Hendrick, S. S.  (2009). Love. In the The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology (2nd edition) (pp. 447-454). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
• Keyes, C. L. (2002). The mental health continuum: From languishing to flourishing in life. Journal of health and social behavior, 207-222.
• Pandey A and Navare A. (2018). Paths of Yoga: Perspectives for Workplace Spriituality, in Dhiman S., Roberts, G.E. and Crossman, J. E. (edis.) The Palgrave Handbook of Workplace Spirituality and Fulfillment, Pub. Palgrave, the concern of Springer (accepted for publication)
• Kudesia, R. S., Pandey, A., & Reina, C. S. (2020). Doing More with Less: Interactive Effects of Cognitive Resources and Mindfulness Training in Coping with Mental Fatigue From Multitasking. Journal of Management, https://doi.org/10.1177/0149206320964570
• Cornelissen, M. (2011). Foundations of Indian Psychology Volume 2: Practical Applications. Pearson Education India.
• Pandey A, Chandwani R, Navare A. (2018). How can mindfulness enhance moral reasoning? An examination using business school students. Business Ethics: A European Review. Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 56–71.
• Salagame K.K.K. (2013) The Perspectives on Reality in Indian Traditions and Their Implications for Health and Well-Being. In: Morandi A., Nambi A. (eds) An Integrated View of Health and Well-being. Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology, vol 5. Springer, Dordrecht
• Rao, K., Paranjpe, A. C., & Dalal, A. K. (2008). Handbook of Indian psychology. Cambridge University Press India/Foundation Books.
• Salagame, K. K. (2014). Positive psychology and Indian psychology: Birds of the same feather. Psychological Studies, 59(2), 116-118.
• Seligman, M. E., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2014). Positive psychology: An introduction. In Flow and the foundations of positive psychology (pp. 279-298). Springer, Dordrecht.
• Shiota, M. N., Campos, B., Oveis, C., Hertenstein, M. J., Simon-Thomas, E., & Keltner, D. (2017). Beyond happiness: Building a science of discrete positive emotions. American Psychologist, 72(7), 617
• Walsh, R. (2001). Positive psychology: east and west.
• Watkins, P. C., Gelder, M. V., & Frias, A. (2009).  Furthering the science of gratitude. In the The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology (2nd edition) (pp. 437-446). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
• Wrzesniewski, A. (2003). Finding positive meaning in work. Positive organizational scholarship: Foundations of a new discipline, 296-308.
• Wrzesniewski, A., McCauley, C., Rozin, P., & Schwartz, B. (1997). Jobs, careers, and callings: People's relations to their work. Journal of research in personality, 31(1), 21-33.

Instructor bio

Prof. Ashish Pandey

IIT Bombay
Ashish Pandey is Associate Professor with Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai. Ashish teaches the courses on organization development, human resource management, and self-mastery to the students of undergraduate and postgraduate levels for the last 10 years. The most recent recognition to the Ashish's work include Best Paper award during Indian Academy of Management Meeting, 2020, Fretzer scholarship to his two PhD students (Academy of Management, MSR division, 2020), Outstanding Reviewer (Academy of Management, MSR Division, 2019) , recognition by Fowler Centre of Case Western University for the years 2016 and 2018 (AIM2Flourish for the cases written on sustainable development based business models with his students ), and Best Paper during Doctoral Consortium with his PhD student (Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, 2018). Ashish is regularly engaged in consulting work for Organization and Leadership development with the organizations across industries. His major assignments have been with ACG, Anchor by Panasonic, Axis Bank, Birlasoft, DRDO, General Mills, Torm Shipping, VFS Global, and others. Ashish has published more than thirty research articles in reputed national and international journals and the handbooks in the field of spirituality at the workplace, mindfulness, business and society interface, and the best practices in management.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 30 April 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
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Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

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