Faculty from the Center share their excitement about the transformative ability of Positive Organizational Scholarship to elevate individuals and organizations.
July 25, 2014
I’m always amazed when I walk into a store and read the label on a piece of clothing to see the size, and the tag simply reads “one size fits all.” I specifically remember the first time I saw one of these labels–I was young, with my mom. The piece of clothing was a Disney nightgown, and there was only one size that claimed to “fit all.” I remember looking up at my mom, wondering how this gown could possibly fit both her and me. There was no way it was going to fit her adult body and my eight-year-old body. The only way she could describe it was that there was only one size made for everyone to fit into, and it would just fit everyone differently, or realistically, some wouldn’t fit into it at all.
July 21, 2014
While debates over education reform pick up steam across the country, Ross professors Robert Quinn and Gretchen Spreitzer hope to add a little analytical rigor to the discussions with their new book, The Best Teacher in You, out this month from Berrett-Koehler in partnership with Battelle For Kids.
In the book, Quinn and Spreitzer (along with co-authors Mike Thomas and Katherine Heynoski of BFK) explore interviews, workshops, and studies with more than 350 highly effective teachers from across the country and reveal some interesting details.
July 28, 2014
What do we mean by gratitude in the workplace? Are there different types of gratitude? How does gratitude predict job satisfaction? Can an organization increase job satisfaction through gratitude interventions? What does the research show? Is gratitude contagious? How can we incorporate gratitude into workplace culture?
Faculty Affiliate Lea Waters takes on these questions in a TED-style talk at the Mind and Its Potential Conference.
Positive Leadership, The Game ™ encourages structured brainstorming and engagement to help leaders discover possible paths to flourishing and high performance that exceeds expectations. Created by Robert Quinn and Gretchen 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 […]
The Job Crafting Exercise™ helps you make your job more engaging and fulfilling. The idea is to view your job in a new way — as a flexible set of building blocks rather than a fixed list of duties. Using this perspective, you create a visual plan for redesigning your job to better suit your values, strengths, and passions.
David Mayer is an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. He conducts research, teaches, and consults in the areas of leadership and ethics. His research focuses on how leaders help create an environment that can discourage unethical behavior and promote helpful behavior. Drawing on this research, Dave works with individuals and organizations to improve their ability to lead ethically and to help improve the interpersonal dynamics of their employees. His research has been published in the top scholarly journals focusing on leadership and ethics such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Personnel Psychology, and he is currently an associate editor of the Academy of Management Journal. He has worked with a variety of companies on these issues such as the Ethics Resource Center, Giant Eagle, Humana, Lockheed Martin, Personnel Decisions Research Institute, P.H.I. Consulting Group, Schwan’s, and SunTrust.
Oana Branzei is Associate Professor of Strategy at the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University and Visiting Professor with the Center for Positive Organization Scholarship and the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Oana holds a doctorate from the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia and an MBA from the University of Nebraska. Her academic projects explore the pro-social functions and positive impact of business, from social enterprises and social change initiatives to cross-sector innovation and community eco-systems. Her first edited book was published by Emerald in 2011.
Neil Hetherington, Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity New York City, began his career in project management at Tridel Construction, Canada’s largest condominium developer. In September 2000, he made a radical career change by joining Habitat for Humanity Toronto; at the time as the youngest CEO of a Habitat affiliate in the world. During his time at the helm, Habitat for Humanity Toronto accelerated its building program from an average of 1 home every two years to 45 annually. The Habitat Toronto ReStore operations increased revenue by over twelve times. Neil joined Habitat NYC as its Chief Executive Officer in 2013. He can be seen regularly building with Habitat for Humanity both locally and internationally.
Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts is an author, professor, researcher, leadership development coach and organizational consultant. She is the Professor of Psychology, Culture and Organization Studies in Antioch University’s Ph.D. Program in Leadership and Change. She is also a core faculty affiliate of the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship. A thought leader in the areas of authenticity, identity, diversity, strengths, and value creation, Laura co-edited Exploring Positive Identities and Organizations (with Jane Dutton). Laura earned her MA and Ph.D. (Organizational Psychology) from the University of Michigan and BA (Psychology) from University of Virginia.
On Tuesday, July 29th (7:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time) Gretchen Spreitzer will be interviewed on Work and Life (SiriusXM Channel 111, Business Radio Powered by The Wharton School).
By Janet Max Are you a POS scholar? Are you attending the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management? AOM 2014 features more than 25 sessions with elements related to Positive Organizational Scholarship. Sessions include “Thrive! Energizing Ourselves and Others as Academics,” “The Conditions for Compassion,” and “An HR Perspective on Coping and Stress […]