Jerry Sternin's research while affiliated with Harvard Medical School and other places

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Organizational change has traditionally come about through top-down initiatives such as hiring experts or importing best-of-breed practices. Such methods usually result in companywide rollouts of templates mandated from on high. These do little to get people excited. But within every organization, there are a few individuals who find unique ways to...
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The most efficient way to improve health is to use locally available, sustainable, and effective approaches. In the 1970s policy developers tested the concept that public health interventions could be designed around uncommon, beneficial health behaviours that some community members already practised.(1 2) This concept-known as positive deviance(3...
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The positive deviance (PD) approach offers an alternative to needs-based approaches for development. The "traditional" application of the PD approach for childhood malnutrition involves studying children who grow well despite adversity, identifying uncommon, model practices among PD families, and designing an intervention to transfer these behavior...
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The positive deviance (PD) approach offers an alternative to needs-based approaches for development. The “traditional” application of the PD approach for childhood malnutrition involves studying children who grow well despite adversity, identifying uncommon, model practices among PD families, and designing an intervention to transfer these behavior...
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El método de cambio de la disidencia positiva supone para la empresa la adopción de nuevos sistemas de desarrollo, basados en la propia observación del entorno social. La promoción e innovación en los procesos de gestión de productos, comercialización, solución de crisis... vienen determinadas por una serie de pautas que difieren de los sistemas ac...

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... Therefore, applying positive deviance to new domains among adolescents necessitates a solid understanding of the fundamental conceptual elements. In the future, the approach might become a standard element of successful health and development programming [44]. ...
... This approach is gaining prominence in identifying and understanding individuals' exceptional performance in complex health situations [15][16][17] . The PD approach is grounded on the premise that in each community there are certain individuals whose uncommon behavior and strategies enable them to find better solutions to the same problems than their peers 18 . It has been effectively implemented as a practical strategy to untangle complex health problems, such as child malnutrition 19 , safe sexual practices 20 , and weight control 21 . ...
... Positive deviance (PD) is a person-centered research approach that is promising in disentangling the relationship between suicide risks and suicidal behavior. This approach is gaining prominence in identifying and understanding individuals' exceptional performance in complex health situations [15][16][17] . The PD approach is grounded on the premise that in each community there are certain individuals whose uncommon behavior and strategies enable them to find better solutions to the same problems than their peers 18 . ...
... Advances in the controlled release of L-DOPA, as well as adjuvant administration approaches that reduce its side effects, suggest the possibility of developing more effective treatments for PD. However, research to reverse DA depletion could take a more straightforward approach, focusing on normal physiological processes rather than pathological ones, similar to models in other fields [105,106]. In this regard, recent research has focused on the release not of precursors but of DA itself, which is ultimately the molecule necessary for dopaminergic stimulation. ...
... Según Sternin y Tanner (2005), las empresas pueden aprovechar al máximo sus métodos siguiendo seis pasos, en donde el líder juega un rol importante y para el cual debe suspender su rol tradicional en favor de prácticas más facilitadoras: a) convertir al grupo en los expertos, esto es, los miembros de la comunidad se involucran en el proceso de su propia evolución; b) reformular el problema mediante los hechos, lo cual implica redefinir el problema de un modo que abra las mentes a nuevas posibilidades; c) hacer del aprendizaje algo seguro, lo que implica crear un entorno que apoye las ideas innovadoras; d) definir el problema en forma concreta; e) potenciar la prueba social, es decir, la comunidad recurre a la sociedad en su conjunto en busca de ejemplos de soluciones que han funcionado en situaciones paralelas; f) neutralizar la respuesta inmuno-defensiva: las soluciones son introducidas desde adentro de una manera que promueve la aceptación. ...
... Discriminating capacity was also tested by comparing the r-HPI of FP of higher vs. lower nutritional quality within the population. To identify FP of good nutritional quality, we used the positive deviance approach according to which some individuals adopt "positive" (or beneficial) behaviours, although the constraints to which they are submitted and/or the context in which they live should lead them to adopt a "negative" behaviour, like the majority of individuals in the same population [27]. Households were classified as having a food basket of higher nutritional quality when their FP met the following 3 criteria: a higher MAR, a lower MER and a lower SED than the respective median values [20]. ...
... As to the conceptualization of constructive deviant behaviors, some researchers focus on the outcomes of behaviors (Pascale & Sternin, 2005), whereas others on whether such behaviors are exceptional or not Spreitzer & Sonenshein, 2004). In this regard, Vadera et al. (2013) argue that in order to consider a behavior constructive it must have a positive impact on and benefit the organization, the reference group, and the organizational members, whereas for Seidman and McCauley (2008), the behavior needs to leave a strategic impact on either the performance or the achievement. ...