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.
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:
This session presents insights into organizations discovered through atypical and novel methodological approaches. As grounding, the session will begin with a systematic review of methodological trends in existing positive organizational scholarship. Subsequently, a series of papers will highlight alternative methodological approaches – such as insider/outsider ethnography, computer-assisted analysis of video data, mixed methods, and computer-based economic experiments, and critical futures research – that can enrich positive organizational scholarship. Discussion will center on the costs and benefits of using alternative research methods.
This session focuses on energy, thriving, and employee well-being. Presentation topics include giving and relational well-being, energizing interactions at work, recovery experiences, and a measure of well-being.
This track will begin with a critical review of the strengths literature in an organizational context and asks if a strengths-based approach is a fad or a fundamental business tool. The session will then explore a series of research studies that have used multi-dimensional strength frameworks in specific workplace contexts such as schools, the law and projects teams. Next we will explore distinct strengths in the workplace such as curiosity, creativity and collaboration. The papers include case study, review, conceptual, qualitative and survey designs.
This session explores processes of learning, growth and resilience in a diverse contexts that include auditors, sustainability change agents, and retirees. Through a rich set of papers, both empirical and conceptual, we examine how individuals and teams respond positively to adversity, and how they learn both from their successes and failures.
Connecting mindfulness to specific topics of organizational interest (helping behavior, compassion, work engagement, health, and social dilemmas), the studies associated with this session spotlight the importance of mindfulness in organizations and advance theory and practice on mindfulness.
In this session, four researchers will present their latest work on positive emotions, organizations, and related topics. In addition to sharing their respective theoretical frameworks and results, each will also share ‘behind the scenes’ insights about their research process. There will also be ample opportunity for group-wide conversations about presenters’ findings, and more broadly, all attendees’ latest findings and interests.
Underlying four vastly different changes—a school seeking improvement through adopting positive practices, a society trying to change behaviors to stave off marriage by abduction among the poor, an army trying to reform mental health practices to fight Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and a regeneration effort at a summer camp—may live a common set of mechanisms, processes and practices that help illuminate change theory and practice. By stretching ourselves to find common ground among such different contexts, we will foster a much richer understanding of some of the critical features that explain and cultivate positive change.
This session will feature empirically grounded approaches toward meaning making and cultivating positive identities for individuals and organizations. Interactive discussions will consider the mutual influences of relational processes, organizing processes and meaning making on identities, resources, actions, and well-being outcomes.
Our session will focus on learning about cutting-edge research on relationship processes (mentoring life-cycles and relationship persistence with former colleagues) and relationship episodes (internal competition on teams and coaching sessions). After hearing from the authors, we will facilitate a discussion about what lessons we can learn about positive relationships, and about conducting research on relationship processes and episodes.
In this interactive session, we will explore new directions in research on proactivity and job crafting, focusing on how proactivity makes both the place (e.g., by promoting innovation and trust) and the person (e.g., by promoting positive affect and well-being). A key theme will be interpersonal and social processes, and, with this emphasis in mind, the chair will introduce the new concept of wise proactivity.
This session includes seven intriguing empirical (quantitative and qualitative) and conceptual papers that take a positive approach to the study of ethics in organizations and draw from diverse disciplines such as psychology, organizational behavior, and philosophy.
A central focus of Positive Organizational Scholarship is on life-giving dynamics that result in the flourishing of individuals and the development of generative organizational capabilities. In this wildcard track, we will focus on a wide variety of research findings that all have one thing in common: each illuminates an intriguing insight about how to fertilize the soil of organizations such that people and capacities are more likely to come alive. Our track will use insight circles, focused curiosity, and deliberate imagination to see more about what brings us to life as scholars as well as to appreciate research that enlivens work.
2013: A Positive Thread: Connecting the Dots
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.