Kim S. Cameron

William Russell Kelly Chair of Management and Organizations; Professor of Higher Education

Kim Cameron became interested in Positive Organizational Scholarship as a result of a decade of studying the consequences of organizational downsizing. Organizations characterized by virtuous practices—for example, forgiveness, compassion, integrity, trust, optimism, kindness—tended to avoid the declining performance associated with downsizing. Observing this effect led to a variety of empirical studies on the relationships between organizational virtuousness and organizational performance. This research has been funded by the Templeton Foundation and by corporations. Reports of the work have appeared in a variety of books—for example, Positive Organizational Scholarship (Berrett Koehler), Making the Impossible Possible (Berrett Koehler), and Leading with Values (Cambridge University Press)—and in a variety of academic journals and book chapters.