Undergraduate Education

Starting a Dialog on Positive Organizational Culture and How to Achieve It

The Center’s undergraduate courses introduce students to the Center for Positive Organizations and its research on Positive Organizational Scholarship. The courses offer students a hands-on experience with POS through a unique combination of academic coursework, action-based learning, engagement with the Center’s broad community of scholars and practitioners, and participation in related University and community events.

Class listing

The following Center for Positive Organizations courses are offered in the Management and Organizations area at the Michigan Ross School of Business:

MO 302 – Positively Leading People and Organizations (Gretchen Spreitzer)

MO 321 – Leadership and Organizations (Dave Mayer)

MO 355/455 – Foundations in POS (Jane Dutton)

MO 414 – Managing Change (Gretchen Spreitzer)


The +LAB brings together undergraduate and graduate students across disciplines at U of M. The +LAB fellows work closely with the Center faculty and staff to deepen their knowledge of POS and participate in projects that strengthen the work of the Center. Up to 45 University of Michigan are selected to be +LAB Fellows each year.

Summer Fellows Program

The Summer Fellows Program gives students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of POS and make tangible contributions to the Center. Summer Fellows work 20 hours per week for eight weeks in June and July under the guidance of Center faculty or staff. Fellows engage in weekly development and education sessions facilitated by CPO faculty and staff.  Up to 20 University of Michigan students are selected each summer for this competitive program.


Questions about the programs should be directed to Betsy Erwin, Educational Lead, at berwin@umich.edu or Katy Rapson, Education Program Specialist, at rapsonka@umich.edu.