Jane Dutton


Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Business Administration and Psychology

Jane Dutton’s research on Positive Organizational Scholarship began with an interest in compassion and the difference it makes for individuals and organizations. Her research has expanded to focus on the power of positive relationships at work, job crafting (creating positive meaning at work), and positive identities.  She has co-edited  three  books that address Positive Organizations, including  Exploring Positive Identities and Organizations (Routledge), Exploring Positive Relationships (Erlbaum),  and Using a Positive Lens to Explore Social Change and Organizations (Routledge). In addition, she has co-edited a book that applies a positive perspective to doing qualitative research called Generative Moments in Doing Qualitative Research (Copenhagen Business School Press). She has written a book for managers that is based on building positive relationships as a competitive strategy (called Energize your Workplace: Building High Quality Connections at Work, Jossey-Bass). She teaches an MBA elective on Managing Professional Relationships based on this book. She is co-editing a new book called How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact that will be published by Berrett-Koehler in Spring 2014. Jane’s background in strategic management keeps her focused on how positive dynamics create sustainable capabilities in organizations.