Positive Psychological Interventions Aimed at Managing Territorial Behaviours Within the Organisational Context

  • Chantal OlckersEmail author
  • Llewellyn Ellardus Van Zyl


Psychological ownership, a psychological state where individuals perceive an object as theirs, has proven to result in positive outcomes and behaviours within the organisational context. However, feelings of ownership may result in increased territorial behaviour at work. Territoriality, a social behavioural construct, has been defined as behaviours or actions emanating from psychological ownership for the purpose of claiming, maintaining or protecting an individual’s target of ownership. Very limited research exists regarding evidence-based positive psychological intervention strategies aimed at the management of territorial behaviours within organisational contexts. The aim of this chapter is to present the theoretical implications of territoriality as well as to provide evidence-based intervention strategies, from a positive psychology perspective, towards managing territorial behaviours within the organisational context.


Positive psychological interventions Psychological ownership Territoriality Infringement Possession 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chantal Olckers
    • 1
    Email author
  • Llewellyn Ellardus Van Zyl
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Human Resource ManagementUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.Optentia Research Focus Area, North-West University (VTC)VanderbijlparkSouth Africa
  3. 3.Department of Industrial EngineeringEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands

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