Faculty from the Center share their excitement about the transformative ability of Positive Organizational Scholarship to elevate individuals and organizations.
January 23, 2015
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The Task-Enabling™ Exercise (TEE™) improves how you task-enable, or help, others, and how others task-enable you. By focusing on a specific task, project, or goal, you reflect on all the people who assist you, as well as what they do that is effective and ineffective. The TEE™ then guides you step-by-step through the process of […]
Positive Leadership The Game ™ is designed to help leaders discover paths to flourishing and high performance through structured brainstorming and problem-solving. Created by Robert E. Quinn and Gretchen M. Spreitzer, renowned professors at the Michigan Ross School of Business, the game organizes leaders into groups to share business problems and offer sustainable solutions that […]
Scott Sonenshein (www.ScottSonenshein.com) is an Associate Professor of Management at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, where he teaches course in change and leadership. His studies examine the resourceful actions of employees to advance organizational and social/ethical change. He has conducted research in settings ranging from fashion to food trucks, banks to booksellers, and entrepreneurs to environmentalists. This work illuminates the skill, agency, and motivation of individuals to contribute to change and the corresponding organizational practices that foster these outcomes. He currently serves as an Associate Editor at the Academy of Management Journal.
Shirli Kopelman is a leading researcher, expert, and educator in the field of negotiations at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Kopelman is also Faculty Director of Business Practice at the Center for Positive Organizations and Executive Director of the International Association for Conflict Management. Her research focuses on a positive process of mindful and strategic alignment of emotions, and its power to transform social exchange beyond an instrumental negotiation task to co-creation and generation of extraordinary success and wellbeing. Kopelman received awards for her cutting edge negotiation research and for her outstanding achievements in the classroom.
Karen Golden-Biddle is the Questrom Professor in Management and Professor of Organizational Behavior at Boston University School of Management. She currently serves as Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research. Karen received her BA from Denison University and her MBA and PhD degrees from Case Western Reserve University. Her research and educational interests focus on organizational and system transformation with a special focus on understanding peoples’ collective efforts for change that tap front line experience, engage discovery to imagine desired possibilities, and foster human agency in bringing about real and desired change.
Jane Dutton’s research mentioned in the Huffington Post:
“One big building block of resilience is connection, but not just any old connection. High-quality relationships are critical to resilience. According to business and psychology professor Dr. Jane Dutton, there are four distinct pathways for building high-quality connections at work. The first is respectfully engaging others by communicating supportively and being an effective listener. Second, facilitate another person’s success with guidance, recognition and support. Third, build trust, which can be done by relying on another person to follow through on projects and other commitments. Finally, have moments of play. Play evokes positive emotions and is often associated with creativity and innovation (Dutton & Spreitzer, 2014). Work can be a serious place, but so many workplaces take the world far too seriously.”
Sue Ashford quoted in New York Magazine:
“Colleagues are a tangible benefit provided by organizations. But perhaps the most profound benefit is intangible: They help forge identity. At first blush, this notion may sound laughable, or at least paradoxical, given the office’s reputation as a wasteland of depersonalization. But Sue Ashford, a management professor at the University of Michigan who’s written thoughtfully about nonstandard work, notes that offices provide a ‘holding environment’—a psychoanalytic term coined by Donald Winnicott—to contain our existential anxiety.”