Inspiring research and inspiring scholars

Join us at the POS Research Conference as we share and advance qualitative and quantitative research in the field. This biennial gathering of top scholars features developmental research sessions geared toward building the next generation of POS research.

The 2015 POS Research Conference begins at 4PM on June 23rd, and ends after dinner on the evening of June 24th. This is immediately preceding The Fourth World Congress on Positive Psychology presented by IPPA, June 25-28, 2015.


Tuesday, June 23rd

4:00PM – 7:00PM — Welcome Gathering and Dinner

7:00PM – 8:00PM — Research Award and Presentation

8:00PM – 9:00PM — Mingling and Connecting

Wednesday, June 24th

7:30AM – 8:30AM — Breakfast

8:30AM – 9:30AM –  POS: The Next Generation (Panel)

9:30AM – 10:00AM — Break

10:00AM – 12:00PM — Round 1 Research Breakouts (choose from 6 research tracks)

12:00PM – 12:30PM — Round 1 Highlight Report-outs

12:30PM – 1:30PM –  Lunch

1:30PM – 3:30PM — Round 2 Research Breakouts (choose from six research tracks)

3:30PM – 4:00PM — Break

4:00PM – 4:30PM –  Round 2 Highlight Report-outs

4:30PM – 5:30PM –  Challenges and Opportunities: Views from Practitioners

5:30PM – 7:00PM –  Break

7:00PM – 9:00PM –  Celebration Dinner

Celebrating excellence in research

The Michigan Ross Center for Positive Organizations will present the 2015 Award for Best Paper in POS to recognize outstanding scholarship in positive organizational scholarship and to encourage research. The award recipient presents at the conference, based on the winning article.

Call for abstracts

On Day-2 of the research conference there will be multiple research papers presented in 12 different research tracks. The research tracks will be hosted by 12 different content curators:

+ Alternative Research Methods with Andrew Knight 

+ Energy & Thriving with Christine Porath

+ Individual and Collective Strengths with Lea Waters

+ Learning, Growth, and Resilience with Sally Maitlis

+ Mindfulness & Attention with Erik Dane

+ Positive Emotions with Barbara Fredrickson and Tanya Vacharkulksemsuk

+ Positive Change with Scott Sonenshein

+ Positive Meaning & Identity with Laura Morgan Roberts

+ Positive Relationships and Reciprocity with Emily Heaphy

+ Proactivity with Sharon Parker

+ Virtues, Ethics, & Prosocial Behavior with David Mayer

+ Wildcard session with a curator to be announced

Authors of POS research papers are invited to submit a 1-page, single- spaced abstract for potential presentation. Abstracts will be used to select research papers to be presented in each track.

Abstract submissions

OPENS: September 1, 2014

CLOSES: December 1, 2014

NOTIFICATIONS: December 22, 2014

Submit abstracts to illuminatingresearch@umich.edu. We ask that you classify your abstract in one of the 12 tracks above. Email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours.

CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS: Sue Ashford, Jane Dutton, Lyndon Garrett, and Ashley Hardin

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2013: A Positive Thread: Connecting the Dots

Conference Agenda

Conference Sessions & Attendees

Conference Program

2011: Looking Back | Moving Ahead

At this conference, we celebrated 10 years of Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) and the publication of the Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship. The primary goals of the conference were to summarize what we had learned after 10 years of work, share empirical research related to the various domains of POS, and help develop a research agenda moving forward.

2008: Magnetic Forces of POS

The goal of the 2008 conference was to facilitate the completion and successful publication of ongoing research projects, fuel new research collaborations, and generate symposia, a special issue, and an edited book. In addition, the conference strengthened the community of scholars interested in the wide variety of topics from a POS perspective.

2006: Empirical Currents of POS

The central focus of the 2006 conference was empirical research. The conference theme and design were intended to spark and nourish high-quality, high-impact empirical research in POS. We designed the conference to foster vibrant microcommunities of researchers interested in a wide range of topics that are relevant to Positive Organizational Scholarship. Our hope was that the momentum and excitement about research possibilities and progress would continue to grow. The conference was intended to facilitate the completion and successful publication of ongoing research projects, fuel new research collaborations, and possibly generate symposia, special issues, and edited books.

2003: Energizing Research on Positive Organizational Scholarship

The inaugural conference in 2001 emphasized the making of a new movement in organizational studies and emphasized theoretical development.  This second conference focused on enabling rigorous empirical POS-related research.  Our purpose in holding this conference was to stimulate high-impact, publishable research studies.

2001: Positive Organizational Scholarship

The inaugural conference.