Courses from the University of Michigan and around the country are outlined in these syllabi, highlighting the study of Positive Organizational Scholarship and positive leadership methods. These courses guide students to new, positive leadership styles, embracing emotion and human nature, acting as an alternative to traditional leadership and teaching them to discover the potential of their workforce.
Positively Leading People and Organizations - Gretchen Spreitzer, University of Michigan, MO 302
This course will help you learn how to create, foster and manage organizations where people thrive and perform at their best. It makes the case that individual and group thriving is the key to organizational excellence.
Positive Organizational Scholarship and Positive Psychology: New Frontiers in the Study of Human Flourishing at Work - Jane Dutton and Barb Fredrickson, University of Michigan, cross-listed PSYCH 808.006 and MO899
Jane Dutton and Barbara Fredrickson co-taught a doctoral course on Positive Organizing and Human Flourishing. This course invites students to explore the opportunities presented by two vibrant and emerging fields: Positive Psychology and Positive Organizational Scholarship.
MO 899 Syllabus
Managing Professional Relationships - Jane Dutton, University of Michigan, MO 615
Jane Dutton taught this course on managing professional relationships from a Positive Organizational Scholarship perspective. The course syllabus has embedded teaching notes in it for most classes. Click on each class number to access the teaching notes.
MO 615 Syllabus
Managing Change - Gretchen Spreitzer, University of Michigan, MO 314
Gretchen Spreitzer taught this undergrad elective on managing change to a mix of students from the Ross School of Business and from other disciplines around the University of Michigan. The course covers individual change, organizational change, and change skills. In addition to the syllabus, in-depth teaching notes are provided on several of the topics that have a distinct POS flavor to them. Please share any reactions you have to the materials.
MO 314 Syllabus
Navigating Change - Kim Cameron, University of Michigan, MO 603
This course will help each of us become more effective leaders of change in our organizations, communities, families, and personal lives.
MO 603 SYLLABUS
Human Behavior and Organizations: Managing for Excellence in Work Organizations - Wayne Baker, University of Michigan, MO/OBHRM 501
Wayne Baker teaches this course on how to create, foster and manage organizations in which people thrive and perform at their best.
MO/OBHRM 501 Syllabus
Human Behavior and Organizations: Managing for Excellence in Work Organizations - Jane Dutton, University of Michigan, MO/OBHRM 501
Jane Dutton taught this course on how to create, foster, and manage organizations in which people thrive and perform at their best, assuming that employee and group thriving is the key to organizational excellence.
MO/OBHRM 501 Syllabus
Leading with Values - Dave Mayer, University of Michigan, MO 620
With the plethora of recent high-profile corporate scandals and the financial crisis being blamed in part by the unethical behavior of Wall Street, it is increasingly important to understand how to be an ethical leader. Leading with Values (MO 620) is aimed to help you develop insights about your own values and to understand how to overcome human tendencies that often disconnect our values from our behaviors. Throughout this course we will focus on what it means to lead with values—so the focus is not about being a good follower but rather how to be an ethical leader.
MO 620 Syllabus
Becoming a Transformational Leader: A Practicum - Robert E. Quinn, University of Michigan, MO 623
This course is founded upon an academic perspective that originated at the Ross School of Business. It has grown into a global field of study called Positive Organizational Scholarship. Scholars in this field examine people, groups, and organizations when they are operating at their very best. Their findings indicate how to move systems from normal to exceptional functioning with extraordinary results.
MO 623 Syllabus
Empowerment, Self-management and Alternative Approaches to Leadership, University of Nebraska at Omaha and Agder University College in Norway, ORG 420
The aim of this course is to enrich the students’ perspectives about the relationship between leaders and followers in organizations. While most approaches depict managers as the crucial actors, the perspectives included in this course emphasize the role of the subordinates.
ORG 420 Syllabus
Leadership and Literature - Karen Norum, Gonzaga University, DPLS 758
Karen Norum taught Leadership and Literature with a theme of Hope and Affirmation. Positive leadership was examined through different kinds of literature (poetry, biography, historical fiction, wisdom stories, etc…)
Gonzaga University Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies
DPLS 758 Syllabus
Managing Organizational Change - Karen Golden-Biddle, University of Alberta, OA 633
Karen Golden-Biddle taught this MBA elective course on “Managing Organizational Change.” It has a natural focus on POS through both its content (everyday leading, enacting high quality connections, crafting positive organizing practices, drawing on and changing cultural competences) and its pedagogy of building the learning community’s capacity for navigating the dynamics of change.
OA 633 Syllabus
Organizational Change & Appreciative Inquiry - Karen Norum, Gonzaga University, DPLS 742
Karen Norum taught Organizational Change and Appreciative Inquiry, which looks at the emerging field of Positive Organizational Scholarship and specifically, Appreciative Inquiry. A highlight of the class is the sharing of the best-self portraits produced during the Reflected Best Self Exercise.
DPLS 742 Syllabus
Organizational Resilience - Steven F. Freeman, University of Pennsylvania, DYNM 672
This course on Organizational Resilience is part of a concentration of courses leading to a Organizational Dynamics Master of Science degree for working professionals. University of Pennsylvania Organizational Dynamics program
DYNM 672 Syllabus
Positive Organizational Analysis and Development: An Appreciative Inquiry Approach to Change Leadership - David Cooperrider, Case Western Reserve University, ORBH 444
David Cooperrider taught this course on Positive Organizational Analysis and Development to Executive MBAs. Slides.
ORBH 444 Syllabus
Research in Organizational Behavior - Belle Rose Ragins, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, BUSADMIN 996
This doctoral seminar offers an introduction to established and emerging trends, theory, and research in the field of Organizational Behavior. A session on POS is included at the beginning, and POS readings are integrated throughout the course.
BUSADMIN 996 Syllabus
Selected Issues in Organization Theory - Abraham Carmeli, Bar-Ilan University Graduate School of Business Administration, 70-741-01
Abraham Carmeli taught this course on positivity in organizational life to MBA students.