We are so proud of our students.

On Friday, the Center will host an Open House for our graduating students and their parents. The day will be punctuated by smiles, hugs, and probably a few tears. It is one of my favorite days of the year.

At the Center for Positive Organizations, we do the research behind building high performing organizations that help people thrive. Around the world over the next month or so, the 307 faculty members in our Community of Scholars will all be celebrating the end of the school year with a deep sense of pride and affection toward the character, contributions, and accomplishments of our students.

Class of 2016: go forth and be leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Congratulations!

Managing Director, Center for Positive Organizations


CPO Graduation Open House

To celebrate the 2015-16 +LAB
April 29, 2016
11:00 a.m. - 1 :00 p.m.
914 Hill Street, Room 321 (enter Ross Annex through back door)
RSVP to Stacey

Life on Purpose

A collaborative performance with Vic Strecher and Akropolis Reed Quintet
May 11, 2016
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor
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Positive Business Conference

An annual gathering of positive business leaders and learners
May 12-13, 2016
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Michigan Ross
Learn more and register
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Julia Lee receives Academy of Management 2016 symposium award

Lee has been awarded the Best Symposium Award by the Organizational Behavior division of the Academy of Management which “recognizes the symposium that best exemplifies interesting, important, and high-impact research.” Read more

Gretchen Spreitzer interviewed on Australian Broadcasting Corporation podcast

Spreitzer was interviewed about her ‘jerks at work’ research for an episode of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s RN podcast, Best Practice. Listen to interview

American Sociological Association recognizes paper by Wayne Baker

Baker’s research paper, “Paying it Forward vs. Rewarding Reputation: Mechanisms of Generalized Reciprocity,” won this year’s Outstanding Published Article Award from the ASA’s Section of Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity. Read more

New paper by Lyndon Garrett published in Organization Science

Drawing on routine dynamics and ethnomethodology (the way people make sense of their everyday world), Garrett et al. examine the challenge of coordinating flexible performance during everyday work. Read more
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Rosa's Birthday Cake
Support Rosa, Center for Positive Organizations
During the month of April, we are raising funds to help support student programs such as the +LAB and Magnify Immersion Program. April is Rosa's birthday month (Rosa is the African red-footed tortoise who lives at the Center). Instead of gifts, she's asking her friends to make a donation to the Center for Positive Organizations. For each donation, we're adding a candle to Rosa's birthday cake. Our success is measured not by the amount we raise but by the number of candles on her cake! Won’t you join us?

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.

Negotiating Your Leadership Identity

Research by Shirli Kopelman, in conjunction with Lisa Marchiondo and Chris Myers, explores how people come to be seen as leaders based on their behavior, rather than their formal hierarchical position in the organization. Their research empirically demonstrates that being perceived as a leader is based on a negotiated social process, and the leadership dynamics of socially claiming or granting leadership influence decision-making in organizational settings.  

In traditionally hierarchical, as well as newly emerging organizational work settings, Negotiating Genuinely® to articulate one's leader identity is a key component of developing as a leader, being perceived as a competent leader, and ultimately influencing others to co-create value and have a positive impact. Read more

5 Questions with +LAB Fellow Carly Padgett

Learn more about +LAB Fellow Carly Padgett in our monthly five question, five-minute interview series.

Carly PadgettQ: What is your favorite positive practice and why?

​I love strength spotting! In general, it feels good to have someone point out your greatest character traits; it’s like expressing gratitude with a twist. In a goal-centered focus, it helps a team work more smoothly with task enabling. I love having this in my tool kit for class project teams and in conflict scenarios where the alternative flaw-spotting can be common (and detrimental).

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

I love seeing how POS is used in business models through the research and case studies CPO exposes me to. They prove that principles can be pragmatic. But what resonates most deeply with me is POS in social systems to promote community and individual thriving. The strengths-based approach in education and the youth community calls to what I hope to do with my future.

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

Almost 5 years ago exactly, a friend told me “Sometimes your plan A is not nearly as wonderful as the unexpected plan B.” I’ve taken that quote and used it time and time again. It doesn’t fail. (I hope it’s not cheating if I DID hear it 5 years ago!)

Q: What was the last book you read?

Most recently I read It Starts With Food by Dallas and Malissa Hartwig. I take a lot of interest in holistic perspectives on mental and physical health, and this book synthesized a ton of information in a witty way!

Q: What is one thing you cannot live without?

Carabiners. Rather, anything that lets me attach things to my person. I am constantly forgetting things! I don’t go anywhere without a carabiner or makeshift one for my keys, water bottle, and/or wallet. They are super useful and easy to keep up with!


Alison Davis-Blake

Alison Davis-Blake

Organizational Miracles: The Role of Positive Organizing in Recovery from Crisis
Positive Links Speaker Series: 
April 2016
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Wayne Baker

Wayne Baker at TEDxUofM

What if the toughest barrier between us and our needs is that we don’t ask for help fulfilling them? Baker explains in “The Paying it Forward Paradox."
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