Faculty from the Center share their excitement about the transformative ability of Positive Organizational Scholarship to elevate individuals and organizations.
March 13, 2015
This academic immersion program is a great opportunity for University of Michigan students interested in Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS). Students make tangible contributions and deepen their knowledge of the field of POS and its application. The program is full-time student commitment and runs through spring semester. Selection for this opportunity is competitive and will ultimately bring together a set of students from multiple degree programs within the University of Michigan.
March 5, 2015
To most, the word “negotiation” conjures a win-lose situation. Professor Shirli Kopelman, however, believes it’s possible to bring to mind an entirely different image—it can be as simple as asking yourself the question, “Negotiate to build what?” In this reframed question, negotiators might imagine themselves as profit architects, which opens up possibilities for people “to negotiate genuinely to co-create resources and build sustainable business relationships in a global economy.”
The Task-Enabling™ Exercise (TEE™) is a reflective process that makes task-enabling, or helping, more visible, intentional, and impactful for you and others. After you reflect on a specific experience of task-enabling and how it was effective or ineffective, the TEE™ guides you through the process of identifying task-enabling patterns and devising an action plan to make […]
Positive Leadership The Game ™ is an interactive card game designed for leaders of all levels that helps you generate innovative solutions to business problems through structured brainstorming. Played in groups of 3-10 people, this game uses the underlying principles of positive organizations to spark multiple strategies for leading positive change and development. To request […]
Lynn Perry Wooten is the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. In this role, she is responsible for developing and implementing transformational educational experiences for Ross undergraduate students inside and outside of the classroom. She teaches organizational behavior, nonprofit management and strategic consulting courses. Professor Wooten conducts research in four primary areas: (1) positive organizing routines; (2) diversity management; (3) crisis leadership through resilience and organizational learning; and (4) educational and leadership development of undergraduate students. Her research appears in academic journals, monographs, and popular press outlets.
Erika Hayes James was appointed Dean of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School on May 19, 2014. Prior to this prestigious appointment, James served as Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education at the Darden Graduate School of Business (Virginia). James is a published researcher, award-winning educator, admired administrator, regarded speaker and proven consultant. Her expertise in workplace diversity and crisis leadership has led to recognition in scholarly journals and mainstream media. She has also taught and consulted on topics including decision making under pressure, trust and change management.
Born in Bermuda, James grew up in Texas and completed her undergraduate work at Pomona College (Calif.). While fulfilling coursework James started in the field of organizational psychology and pursued an M.A. and Ph.D. in the subject at the University of Michigan. She served as an assistant professor at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business and Emory before joining the faculty at Darden. James also spent one year as a visiting professor at Harvard Business School.
Gretchen Spreitzer quoted in Time:
“Instead of focusing on at-work happiness, it’s more useful to set a goal of thriving at work, says Gretchen Spreitzer, professor of management and organizations at the University of Michigan and another one of the study’s authors. ‘When one is thriving they have the joint experience of feeling energized and alive at work at the same time that they are growing, getting better at their work, and learning,’ she says.”
Kim Cameron mentioned in the Harvard Business Review:
“Kim Cameron and his colleagues at the University of Michigan… have discovered a way to improve performance that has nothing to do with dishing out benefits or deploying new processes. In a research article published in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science Cameron and his coauthors found that a workplace characterized by positive and virtuous practices excels in a number of domains.”