Upcoming Events

January 04, 2023

2:00 p.m. ET

This event is for invited researchers only.


Scholar presenter: Beth Schinoff, Boston College Seed generators: Barbara Fredrickson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Spencer Harrison, INSEAD Topic: Virtually together: How a non-work virtual platform leads to high quality connections at work Talk description: There is widespread recognition that high quality connections (HQCs) benefit workers and their organizations. Research and anecdotal evidence […]

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January 19, 2023

4:30 – 6:00 p.m. ET

In-Person, Ross School of Business


Accelerate Engagement Greater levels of engagement are central to both team performance and individual success. This accelerator will introduce you to the scientific approach to engagement and give you an integrative, evidence-based model that specifies five ways to accelerate engagement in teams, groups, and across organizations. You will learn how to actively create conditions for […]

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January 23, 2023

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET

Free, registration required to obtain login information


Ranjay Gulati Paul R. Lawrence MBA Class of 1942 Professor of Business Administration, Harvard University About the talk A revolutionary approach to business exists, one that delivers game-changing results for both organizations and society alike: the serious and deep pursuit of purpose. When organizations practice deep purpose, furthering their “reason for being,” it can revolutionize […]

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February 01, 2023

2:00 p.m. ET

This event is for invited researchers only.


Scholar presenter: Ussama Ahmad Khan, University of Washington Seed generators: Aruna Ranganathan, University of California, Berkeley Jon M. Jachimowicz, Harvard University Topic: Humanizing Microfinance: A Mixed Methods Study of the Role of Dignity, Selflessness, and Sanctification in Transforming the Lives of Low-Income Entrepreneurs in Pakistan Talk description: Millions of people around the world live under […]

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February 02, 2023

4:30 – 6:00 p.m. ET

In-Person, Ross School of Business


Accelerate Your Compassion Competence Calling all leaders who want to create happiness in their organizations! You may not know it, but compassion competence is one of the most significant contributors to happiness. Compassion competence in a group is also a source of innovation, adaptability, well being, and resilience in organizations. This accelerator will give you […]

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February 07, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Free, registration required to obtain login information; please note this session will not be recorded


Christine Porath Associate Professor of Management, Georgetown University About the talk Despite our deep desire to feel a sense of belonging, many of us feel isolated. The rise of technology and modern workplace practices have led people to be even more disconnected, even as we remain constantly contactable. And as our human interactions have decreased, […]

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March 08, 2023

2:00 p.m. ET

This event is for invited researchers only.


Scholar presenter: Lumumba Seegars, Harvard University Seed generators: Sandra Cha, Brandeis University Laura Morgan Roberts, University of Virginia Topic: Challenging racial subordination in the workplace: Counter-racialization among Black and Asian employees Talk description: This paper explores when and how employees of color use different strategies to contest racial subordination in the workplace. Specifically, based on […]

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March 16, 2023

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. ET

Virtual, on Zoom


Accelerate Sustainable Human Performance Do you know how to energize yourself and others for sustainable high performance over the long term? Understanding the energetics of human performance and mastering techniques of energy management is a key to thriving for both individuals and organizations. Join us in this energizing session that presents evidence-based practices to create […]

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March 23, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Free, registration required to obtain login information


Jamil Zaki Associate Professor of Psychology, Stanford University Author of The War for Kindness About the talk Empathy is in short supply. We struggle to understand people who aren’t like us. Studies show that we are less caring than we were even thirty years ago. In 2006, Barack Obama said that the United States was […]

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April 06, 2023

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. ET

In-person; more details coming soon


  Accelerate Your Purpose You’ve probably heard that “knowing your why” is the heart of motivation, but perhaps accessing your why seems difficult. This is true for many of us. Join us for this accelerator where we will demystify the process of tapping into a sense of purpose and share practices that help you bring […]

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April 19, 2023

2:00 p.m. ET

This event is for invited researchers only.


Scholar presenter: Erica Johnson, Case Western Reserve University Seed generators: Sally Maitlis, University of Oxford Noni K. Gaylord-Harden, Texas A&M University Topic: The Cycle of Traumatic Stress: Exploring the Impact of Early Life Trauma in the Workplace and the Role of Supervisor Support Talk description: Exposure to trauma early in life has profound effects on […]

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May 03, 2023

2:00 p.m. ET

This event is for invited researchers only.


Scholar presenter: Christina Bradley, University of Michigan Seed generators: Hilary Anger Elfenbein, Washington University in St. Louis Michael Parke, University of Pennsylvania Topic: How, When, and Why Responding to the Emotions of Others Impacts Work Outcomes: Theory, Findings, and Future Directions Talk description: When an employee expresses an emotion at work, their colleagues face the […]

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Past Events

Thriving Accelerator Workshops

Accelerate Generous Community in Your Work

Instructors: Sarah Kurtz McKinnon & Monica Worline

December 06, 2022

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. ET

In-Person, Ross School of Business and on Zoom


Accelerate Generous Community in Your Work In this Accelerator, you will: Learn proven tools that will help you and your teams accelerate the flow of resources. Understand the foundational pieces needed to build a culture of generosity within your organization. Increase your personal, professional, and organizational connections, performance, and well-being. Instructors Sarah Kurtz McKinnon, Senior […]

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November 15, 2022

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. ET

In-Person, Ross School of Business


Accelerate Your Strengths In this Accelerator, you will: Deepen your own awareness of your strengths. Learn how to deploy a strengths-based approach in school, recruiting, and life. Understand and practice how to recognize and elevate strengths in other people and within organizations. Instructor Sarah Kurtz McKinnon, Senior Associate Director of Engaged Learning and Innovation at […]

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November 11, 2022

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET

1324 East Hall (McKeachie Auditorium) and Online


Emotion Regulation: Other People Matter: Although emotion regulation has often been conceptualized as an intrapersonal process, the last decade has seen emotion research begin to focus on the critical role that interpersonal processes play in the regulation of emotion. Relatedly, close relationships researchers have long recognized the role that interactions with other people play in the […]

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November 07, 2022

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. ET, Brief Reception Immediately Following

Michigan Ross Campus, Ross Building, 701 Tappan, Robertson Auditorium, Ann Arbor


Scott E. Page John Seely Brown Distinguished University Professor of Complexity, Social Science, and Management, University of Michigan About the talk Evidence demonstrates both the Wisdom of Crowds (Collective Intelligence) and the Madness of Crowds (Group Think) in collective forecasts. Forecasts underpin most decisions; good decisions, therefore, require good forecasts. In this talk, Scott Page discusses the phenomena […]

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November 01, 2022

2:00 p.m. ET

This event is for invited researchers only.


Scholar presenter: Barnini Bhattacharyya, Western University Seed generators: Lakshmi Ramarajan, Harvard University Erin Reid, McMaster University Topic: Not All Allies Are Created Equal: A Relational Examination of Allied Relationships for Women of Color at Work Talk description: Forthcoming Research is the heart of Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS), and we want to make sure that we […]

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Thriving Accelerator Workshops

Accelerate Your Professional Relationships

Instructors: Sarah Kurtz McKinnon & Monica Worline

October 25, 2022

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. ET

In-Person, Ross School of Business


Accelerate Your Professional Relationships In this Accelerator, you will: Gain a foundation for new ways of seeing, understanding, and acting to build connections with others. Learn to take stock of your relational landscape and become more skillful and intentional in its navigation. Leave with new practices to help you tap into wellsprings of capability, strength, […]

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October 19, 2022

2:00 p.m. ET

This event is for invited researchers only.


Scholar presenter: Kate Zipay, Purdue University Seed generators: Joyce Bono, University of Florida Nancy Rothbard, University of Pennsylvania Topic: Let go and let love: Understanding how and why third places influence positive work behaviors Talk description: Decades of work-family research has sharpened our understanding of the interface between work and home domains, yet has implicitly, […]

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October 06, 2022

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Free, registration required to obtain login information


Laura Huang Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard University About the talk Having an edge is about gaining an advantage, but it goes beyond just advantage. It’s about recognizing that others will have their own perceptions about us, right or wrong. When you recognize the power in those perceptions and flip them in your favor, […]

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September 20, 2022

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. ET

In-Person, Ross School of Business


Welcome to the Science of Thriving Organizations: A Learning Accelerator In this Accelerator, you will: Understand the indicators of a thriving organization (and the indicators of the opposite). Learn how to unlock greater potential organizationally and individually through the science of thriving. Discover why the science of thriving matters to you as a student – […]

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September 14, 2022

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Free, registration required to obtain login information


Quinetta Roberson John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Management and Psychology, Michigan State University About the talk As workplaces have become increasingly disconnected, individuals have a stronger need for a sense of connection and community. They want to work in environments in which they can be their authentic selves and are valued for their contributions. […]

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Izzy Gainsburg

September 07, 2022

2:00 p.m. ET

This event is for invited researchers only.


Scholar presenter: Izzy Gainsburg, University of Michigan Seed generators: Rellie Derfler-Rozin, University of Maryland Maryam Kouchaki, Northwestern University Topic: Limited compassion mindsets: Theory, Findings, and Future Directions Talk description: People’s compassion often behaves like a limited resource. In some cases, people’s compassion response often weakens with repeated exposure to suffering, a phenomenon known as compassion […]

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2022 Gathering of POS Scholars at AOM

Presented by the Center for Positive Organizations

August 07, 2022

7:30-9:00 a.m. PDT

Willow Ballrooms A and B, 2nd Floor Meeting Level, Sheraton Grand Seattle, 1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101


Annual Gathering of POS Scholars at the 2022 Academy of Management Annual Meeting This breakfast experience organized by the Center for Positive Organizations gathers together the community of scholars applying the concepts and theories in the field of Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) in their research. Please, join us for the POS gathering to build community, […]

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