Faculty from the Center share their excitement about the transformative ability of Positive Organizational Scholarship to elevate individuals and organizations.
February 22, 2015
“It is -22 degrees outside and I am bundled from head to toe, trudging through the hallways of Ross, hoping to break a sweat before I brace the biting Michigan air. As I mentally prepare myself to go out into the “great” outdoors, I notice a long line coming from a student led station by the staircase. I slow my pace and an ear-to-ear grin consumes my face as I recognize my kind +LAB friends buzzing with energy. I proudly stand behind 10 people all excitedly waiting to send a +gram.”
February 17, 2015
A father and his son are in a car accident. The father is killed and the son is seriously injured. The son is taken to the hospital where the surgeon says, “I cannot operate, because this boy is my son.”
This popular brain teaser dates back many years, but it remains relevant today; 40 to 75 percent of people still can’t figure it out. Those who do solve it usually take a few minutes to fathom that the boy’s mother could be a surgeon. Even when we have the best of intentions, when we hear “surgeon” or “boss,” the image that pops into our minds is often male.
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 […]
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.
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 James is the Sr. Associate Dean for Executive Education and Professor of Business Administration at the Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia. She conducts research in two primary areas: crisis leadership and workplace diversity, with an emphasis on women in leadership. Her research appears in numerous academic journals and popular press outlets.
Professor James joined the Darden faculty in 2001. Prior to her Darden appointment she served on the faculty at the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University and the Goizuetta Business School at Emory University, and was a visiting faculty member at the Harvard Business School.
Gretchen Spreitzer quoted in Main Street:
“Many employees are not engaged at work, because they feel a lack of a connection while their bosses continue to ask them to spend more time and energy at the office, said Gretchen Spreitzer, a professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
” ‘It’s not about pay and benefits, but to thrive, a connection is critical,’ she said.”
The Center for Positive Organizations is seeking a videographer who can film, produce, and edit 5 videos submissions for the Detroit Positive Business Project. This project aims to identify, profile, and showcase exceptional change agents and practices that positively impact organizations in Detroit. These videos will help tell the story of how positive business practices have transformative results on the well-being of individuals and the success of organizations!