Defining the new concept of sustainable success: A state-of-the-art analysis on the phenomenon

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Research on success and sustainability has been somewhat limited and narrow. Yet, in the current world, a positively oriented understanding about the concept of sustainable success is needed. The purpose of this research was to analyze what kind of research about sustainable success has been conducted and what the elements of sustainable success according to research found around this topic are. These questions were answered through a literature review or a state-of-the-art review that focused on nine articles that were chosen for a more detailed analysis. The findings illustrate how success and sustainability appeared as research targets and what the main elements of success and sustainability were in the data. None of the articles under review used positive psychological knowledge or strength-based approaches in their definition of success and sustainability. The need for a conceptual definition for sustainable success appeared evident. From the perspective adopted in this research, sustainable success consists of positive development, flourishing, and well-being, and also top performances. It is based on positive educational psychological knowledge. Educational psychological research alongside multidisciplinary perspectives can provide new and innovative ways of understanding and guiding people's behaviors toward sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100819
JournalNew Ideas in Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • A state-of-the-art review
  • Positive educational psychology
  • Success
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable success

Field of science

  • Psychology

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