At the Center for Positive Organizations, we run programs for researchers, teachers, students, and leaders. It is very exciting and rewarding when we are able to bring these parts of the whole together in a way that creates value for the world.

We were proud to help Michigan Ross run the third annual Positive Business Conference on May 12-13. We welcomed over 350 people to Ann Arbor for an event sharing great research and leading edge positive practices.

Of CPO's core faculty, seven gave talks or ran workshops. Lynn Wooten gave opening remarks for the conference in her role of Senior Associate Dean of the Ross School.

Our broader community was involved too. CPO Executive in Residence Fred Keller gave an outstanding talk. CPO students Allison Swimmer and Rachael Moreton led the Positive Business Project. And eight CPO Faculty Affiliates played roles at the conference.

For those of you who joined us, thank you for creating such a great experience. For those who could not, you can enjoy the videos here!

Managing Director, Center for Positive Organizations


3rd Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology

A partner event
June 15-17, 2016
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
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Finding Purpose book reading by Andrew J. Hoffman

Hear Andrew read from his newest book
June 20, 2016
Ann Arbor, MI
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Academy of Management Meeting

The 76th annual meeting with a 2016 theme of making organizations meaningful
August 5-9, 2016
Anaheim, CA
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Magnify students
Magnify Immersion Program
Ivy Gleason, Nikita Ajmera, Jessica Luftig, and Soham Mishra (L-R), a team of students in our Magnify Immersion Program, participate in a design thinking workshop where they learned interviewing skills, data collection, observation, and data synthesis skills to prepare for their partner organization immersion week.


D. Scott DeRue named new dean of the Ross School of Business

DeRue will be the new Edward J. Frey Dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business effective July 1. He is currently the Gilbert and Ruth Whitaker Professor of Business Administration, associate dean for executive education, professor of management and organizations, and a CPO faculty associate. Read more

Logitech named winner of 2016 Positive Business Project

Digital device company Logitech was named the grand prize winner of this annual contest celebrating organizations that excel in their positive business practices. Read more

Special recognition for Kim Cameron, Wally, Hopp, and Gretchen Spreitzer

Benedictine University honored Kim Cameron with the 2016 Values-Driven Leadership Award, Wally Hopp was named the University of Michigan C.K. Prahalad Distinguished University Professor of Business and Engineering, and Gretchen Spreitzer was named the 2016 Michigan Ross Researcher of the Year.

Bruce Pfau interviewed on R​adio ​F​ree ​L​eader ​

KMPG's Pfau was interviewed by the award winning podcaster and author, David Burkus, about purpose across generations. KPMG is a member of the Positive Organizations Consortium. Read more

Two CPO +LAB Fellows part of Ross MBA entrepreneurial road trip

This May, eight Ross MBA students (including Mikaela Rodkin and Aaron Steiner) embarked on a road trip across America to meet with social entrepreneurs around the country and work with them on bringing innovative solutions to the challenges their companies are facing. Read more

Finding your purpose in the world

New book by Professor Andy Hoffman explores how to find your calling when it comes to building a sustainable future. Read more
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Positive Organizations Consortium
Positive Organizations Consortium: May Meeting
The Positive Organizations Consortium is the preeminent peer-to-peer learning and networking cooperative designed to enhance the business effectiveness and sustainability of positive organizational change. The theme of the spring 2016 meeting was “Creating a Culture of Learning” and featured presentations and workshops by Susan Ashford, Julia Lee, Robert Quinn, and Colloquia Partners.
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Applying POS to Your Life

With a cadre of nearly 40 Center-affiliated faculty producing Positive Organizational Scholarship-themed research, there isn’t a shortage of great information about how and why to integrate positive practices into your life. We’ll introduce you to some of those practices here each month.

Why People Thrive in Coworking Spaces

There seems to be something special about coworking spaces. As researchers who have long studied how employees thrive, Gretchen Spreitzer, Lyndon Garrett, and Peter Bacevice were surprised to discover that people who belong to coworking communities report levels of thriving that approach an average of six on a seven-point scale. This is at least a point higher than the average across studies of employees who work in regular offices, and so unexpected that they had to learn more about these unique spaces.
Read more about Spreitzer and Garrett's research
May Meaning Meeting
CPO Research Microcommunity: Meaning at Work
Every year since 2003, a group of researchers interested in the meaning of work gathers to share ideas and hot-off-the presses research studies. You’ll recognize some CPO faces at this year’s microcommunity gathering: Sue Ashford, Brianna Caza, Katy DeCelles, Sally Maitlis, Debra Meyerson, Mike Pratt, Jeff Thompson, and Amy Wrzesniewski.

5 Questions with Magnify Student Dasha Peppard

Learn more about Dasha Peppard, part of the 2016 Magnify cohort, in our monthly five question, five-minute interview series.

Dasha PeppardQ: What is your favorite positive practice and why?

​Mindfulness. Focusing on just the present moment makes me more creative and productive as a ballroom dancer, student, and Research Assistant. I also now keep a gratitude journal where I write down three things which made me happy that day. Anything from petting a pug on my way to class to getting positive feedback on an essay from my professor.

Q: What area of positive organizational scholarship research resonates most deeply with you?

Celebrating small moments of joy and seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. This helps me savor each day and not take myself or life too seriously. It amplifies my positive experiences and makes me more resilient when dealing with negative ones.

Q: If you could tell anything to the "you" of five years ago, what would it be?

Five years ago I was a high-strung freshman in high school. Looking back, I wish I had known that success does not always have to be linear. As long as I follow my interests and passions I will be happy even when the path is ambiguous.

Q: What was the last book you read?

I just finished reading Steven Pinker's The Language Instinct about how our brains create language. As a student in Magnify, I am currently reading How to Be a Positive Leader by Jane Dutton and Gretchen Spreitzer.

Q: What is one thing you cannot live without?

The love of my family and friends and the joy of dancing.


Fred Keller at Positive Business Conference

Positive Business Conference

The goal of the conference is to spread the best ways for business to be a positive force in the world.
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Fred Keller at Positive Business Conference

Research Origins:
Gretchen Spreitzer

Spreitzer explains the genesis of her research on the empowerment of employees. Watch video


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