The foundation of impact is our global community of researchers. We take that research to students and leaders in inspiring and practical ways through our programs, events, tools, and communications. But it all starts with our research foundation.

This was vibrantly evident at the Positive Organizational Scholarship Gathering at the Academy of Management's annual conference earlier this month. At 7:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning, approximately 140 scholars came together for an energizing session, infused with research and meaningful connections between scholars.

The attention of our global community of scholars now turns to the thousands of students arriving or returning to our campuses. Our goal is that they will each end their studies equipped with the mindset and skillset to continue building positive careers, teams, organizations, and society. Together, we are building a new world of work.

Managing Director, Center for Positive Organizations


Positive Links Speakers Series: Sarah Pressman

The surprising effects of smiling on stress, health, and behavioral outcomes
September 20, 2016
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Michigan Ross Campus or watch online
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6th Annual Relational Coordination Research Collaborative Roundtable

A partner event on transforming relationships for high performance
October 27-28, 2016
Portland, OR
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Positive Links Speaker Series: General David Perkins

Perkins is the commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
November 2, 2016
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Michigan Ross Campus or watch online
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Positive Links Speaker Series: Carol D. Ryff

Eudaimonia in work and family life: Findings and reflections
November 14, 2016
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Michigan Ross Campus or watch online
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Jane Dutton and Dave Mayer
CPO faculty recognition at AOM
Congratulations to Jane Dutton for her Leadership for Humanistic Management Recognition award and Dave Mayer for his Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award. Both awards were presented at the 2016 Academy of Management’s (AOM) annual meeting. AOM is the “premier conference for more than 10,000 students, academics, scholars, and professionals in the scholarly management and organization space.”


Center for Positive Organizations announces cohort of Executives in Residence

We are pleased to announce that four senior leaders—David Drews, Richard Haller, Fred Keller, and Roger Newton—will serve as a new cohort of Executives in Residence to bridge leading edge scholarship and positive leadership practices. 
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Jessica Amortegui pens Forbes blog about productivity

Amortegui, the senior director of learning and development at Logitech, and member of the Positive Organizations Consortium, wrote the Forbes blog, “The Surprising Reason You Should Stop Trying To Be So Productive.”
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Congrats to Julia Lee for her symposium recognition at AOM

“The Behavioral Ethics at Work” session, co-chaired by Julia Lee and Ting Zhang, was honored with the Best Symposium Award at the Academy of Management’s annual meeting in California.
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How to deal with unfairness at work

We’re all told at a young age that life isn’t fair, but we don’t always like it. And, as David Mayer shows in his latest Fast Company column, we all react differently when treated unfairly.
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Strengths Challenge with Michelle McQuaid

Want to be more confident, energized, and happy at work? Join the free one-week Strengths Challenge, beginning September 12, and find out how just 11-minutes of doing what you do best each day can make all the difference in your job.
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Welcome new MBA students
Michigan Ross welcomes strongest class of MBA students
More students than we could count visited the Center for Positive Organizations during MBA orientation in early August. The new class of students, comprised of 40 percent women, has the highest GMAT scores and GPAs in Ross’ history. Welcome Class of 2018!

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.

Co-working: Where everyone knows your name

We often envy the remote or freelance worker who saves time commuting and dressing up, but rarely do we consider how many might feel isolated and socially adrift. New research on co-working indicates that the need for such spaces grows as they make a sense of community and building relationships an integral part of paying the rent, says Gretchen Spreitzer.
Read more about Spreitzer's research

5 Questions with Andrew Killian

Learn more about CPO alum Andrew Killian (BBA ’14), in our monthly five question, five-minute interview series.

Andrew KillianQ: What is your favorite positive practice and why?

My favorite positive practice is job crafting. While I was a student at the university, I was able to do this exercise two years in a row, which I found insightful. I saw which areas of my job crafting diagram changed and which areas stayed the same, letting me understand how important certain aspects are to my future career. Taking an introspective approach before starting work full-time was helpful in realizing which areas of a job are most important to me.

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

This piece of POS isn't widely cited or published, but as a student I helped a PhD student with research on constructive competition - basically, understanding when competition can be a positive force that helps individuals thrive. Ross was a competitive environment, and I had been in plenty of other competitive situations, so it was great to see that in certain organizations or events, competition helps us become our best selves. It allowed me to realize when competition might be positive, and when it might be draining to individuals.

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

It would be that the network is so much more important than you'd think. As a student, I had a limited view on the workplace and where I fit. Now, I realize that building a network is one of the most important things you can do. I've been thinking a lot about what my next step will be in my career, and reaching out to experienced people allows me to better understand which fields might be the right fit for me. There are plenty of people out there who have done exceptional things, and chatting with them even just for a half hour over coffee can be incredibly enlightening and can result in a great future relationship/mentorship.

Q: What was the last book you read?

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It's a fiction novel that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2015, and since I'm a huge fiction fan, it was on my list to read. It follows two characters during World War II - a German boy and a French girl - and how their paths cross. Very well-written, and easy to read, too!

Q: What is one thing you cannot live without?

Good food! I have a list of restaurants near where I live that I still need to try out. I've had some free time recently and have tried to cook more, with mixed results. But regardless, I like trying new types of food and sometimes learning a new recipe!


Cascade Engineering and Business Builders Show

Cascade Engineering on Business Builders Show

Positive Organization Consortium member Cascade Engineering spoke about their commitment to the triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit. Hear more


Jane Dutton and Gretchen Spreitzer

Jane Dutton and Gretchen Spreitzer talk to Marty Wolff

Dutton and Spreitzer drew a contrast between thriving and problem solving in their interview on the Business Builders Show. 
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