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POS in Action: The Center’s new office

October 21, 2013

What do you envision as the ideal office work environment? What are important elements?

When the Center for Positive Organizations moved into new office space last month, we were excited to implement some of the concepts that research in POS topics had shown to create great workplaces.


Welcome to the Center for Positive Organizations!

October 18, 2013

We are excited to share with our community the news that we have changed our name from Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship to Center for Positive Organizations. The new name is a reflection of our aspiration to build on our foundation of rigorous, empirical research in the field of positive organizational scholarship (POS) and expand our impact through events, education programs, corporate partnerships, research-in-action teaching tools, and as the hub for information about POS. At the Center for Positive Organizations, our mission is to undertake and spread the science of building high-performing organizations that bring out the best in people.


Why Your Boss Cares if You’re Happy

September 16, 2013 | September 16, 2013

Article on measuring and encouraging employee happiness quotes Jane Dutton on the benefits to employees, and to society as a whole.


The Power of Positivity

September 5, 2013 | September 5, 2013

Della Bradshaw of Financial Times interviews Kim Cameron on individuals with positive energy in the workplace.


What Stops Leaders from Showing Compassion

August 29, 2013

HBR Blog Network | August 29, 2013

Blog post by Roger Schwartz links to book chapter co-authored by Jane Dutton on positive outcomes of experiencing compassion in the workplace.


Sharing a Pursuit of POS – 2013 POS Summer Fellows

August 17, 2013

“This was among the best experiences I have had at Ross, and the people I was exposed to—from the students and staff to the faculty—have changed the way I see myself, the way I approach life, and the way I will approach work moving forward.” Anne Hafeli, MBA ‘14

The fifth cohort of POS Summer Fellows has just completed its tenure in a program that many of the participants describe as an incredible catalyst for positive growth and change in their lives. This year, twelve students (six MBA students, five undergraduates, and one doctoral student) each worked on a project with either a faculty member or staff member of the Center for POS. The work ranged from assisting with a research project on leadership development in college students, to laying the groundwork for an upcoming conference on Positive Business, to working on the development of a research-in-action tool.


How to Turn the Job You Have into the Job You Want

August 13, 2013

from | August 13, 2013

An article by Laura Vanderkam on the concept of job crafting quotes Jane Dutton on her research and on the Job Crafting Exercise she created with Amy Wrzesniewski and Justin Berg.


A Case for POS

May 15, 2013

A proposal featuring creative, yet easily-implemented, recommendations for building a positive work culture won the Center for POS’s first case competition, which was open to all University of Michigan students. Christy Vanek (BBA, 2014), Bridget Labe (BBA, 2014), and Zarin Singh (BA, 2014) comprised Team Sunbeam, and took the $1,500 first prize. Their recommendations were all based in POS research, and included a spotlight on the importance of expressing gratitude and its positive impact on mood.


The Joy Factory: A Visit to Menlo Innovations

April 30, 2013

For an “out of the box” experience for our April 2013 Positive Links Speaker Series session, we toured Menlo Innovations, an Ann Arbor-based software development firm nationally know for its innovative work practices. Menlo CEO Rich Sheridan and his team welcomed us for a visit that included these insights:
Honest estimates: Menlo supports a culture of honest estimates of how long it will take to do a given project – there are no penalties for the actual time needed being more or less than originally estimated. They tell clients that 49% of jobs come in under the estimate, 49% come in over, and only 2% at the estimated time.
High Tech Anthropologists: Menlo sends teams to the client site to observe and learn firsthand about their culture and practices, to better inform their work for the client. In one case, this resulted in solving a mystery about why a piece of electronic equipment kept failing – workers in the field were unknowingly damaging it.


Compassionate Organizations Quiz

April 15, 2013

Here is an opportunity for you to contribute to research on compassion in organizations. The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, partnered with research collaborative CompassionLab to develop an online quiz to measure the level of compassion in an organization. The 23-question quiz is based on more than 10 years of research on compassion and organizations by members of CompassionLab and the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship.


Positive Links Hits 80!

March 15, 2013

“Really, there’s no charge, and anyone can come?” This is often the response when I describe our Positive Links Speaker Series to someone who has not yet attended. Presentations of cutting-edge research and practices by leaders in their fields? Opportunities to network with an eclectic cross-section of academics, students, and practitioners? Plus, pizza? Yes, yes, and yes.

As we approach the 80th session, it’s a good opportunity to shine a spotlight on our flagship series . . .


Rebecca Beagan’s Transformative Journey

February 15, 2013

“Do you happen to know of any research opportunities for undergraduates this summer?” In 2011, the answer led Rebecca Beagan (BBA 2013) on a journey she says, “changed my life forever.” At Lynn Wooten’s urging, Rebecca applied for the 2011 POS Summer Fellows Program at the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship; she was accepted, and worked with Professor Wooten. The experience helped Rebecca develop her project management skills and contributed to her understanding of diversity and social justice, and informed her work as a then-new resident advisor at the largest all-freshmen dorm on the University of Michigan campus.