Upcoming Events

David Sherman

October 22, 2018

4:00-5:00 p.m.

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


David Sherman Professor, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences University of California, Santa Barbara About the talk Self-affirmations can be powerful tools to attenuate threats to the self that emerge from the stressors of organizational life. When people are given opportunities to affirm core values and relationships, they are more responsive to otherwise difficult information. […]

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October 25, 2018

1:00-2:00 p.m.


Please note: This event is for invited researchers only. Title: Relational Meaning in Life as a Predictor of Interpersonal Well-being Talk description: Presentation Description: Several decades of research has consistently found meaning in life to be positively associated with a wide range of intrapersonal adjustment and well-being outcomes including life satisfaction, happiness, and positive affect, as well […]

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November 08, 2018

1:00-2:00 p.m.


Please note: This event is for invited researchers only. Title: Forthcoming Talk description: Forthcoming Biography: Forthcoming Research is the heart of Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS), and we want to make sure that we support each other in developing high quality research. To that end, we created the Adderley Positive Research Incubator for sharing and encouraging […]

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Dan McAdams

November 19, 2018

4:00-5:00 p.m.

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


Dan P. McAdams The Henry Wade Rogers Professor of Psychology Northwestern University About the talk Beginning in the adolescent and emerging adult years, many people create stories to make sense of their lives. Narrative identity is the internalized and evolving story of the self that explains how a person has come to be the unique […]

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November 29, 2018

1:00-2:00 p.m.


Please note: This event is for invited researchers only. Title: Healthy Minds: Addressing Mental Health and Help-seeking Behavior in College Student Populations Talk description: This presentation will provide an overview of survey data and intervention research by the Healthy Minds Network, a large-scale research initiative to improve understanding of mental health and help-seeking in adolescent […]

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Kathryn Heinze (L) and Sara Soderstrom (R)

December 04, 2018

4:00-5:00 p.m.

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


Kathryn Heinze Associate Professor of Sport Management University of Michigan Sara Soderstrom Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies University of Michigan About the talk In this engaging session, Kate Heinze and Sara Soderstrom will explore the definition of impact, with a specific focus on community partnerships. Purpose-driven collaborations at the community level are central to developing […]

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Katherine Bae

December 13, 2018

1:00-2:00 p.m.


Please note: This event is for invited researchers only. Title: Forthcoming Talk description: Forthcoming Biography: Forthcoming Research is the heart of Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS), and we want to make sure that we support each other in developing high quality research. To that end, we created the Adderley Positive Research Incubator for sharing and encouraging […]

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Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute

Presented by the Center for Positive Organizations

February 21, 2019 - February 22, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

University of Michigan campus, exact location TBA


Join the Center for Positive Organizations and the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI) to learn powerful emotional intelligence skills for high performance and well-being. The Search Inside Yourself program, developed at Google and based on neuroscience research, teaches attention and mindfulness techniques that build the core skills for effective leadership. The SIY program was […]

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Past Events

October 11, 2018

1:00-2:00 p.m.


Please note: This event is for invited researchers only. Title: “I Do What I Do, Because of What I Did:” A Professional Logic of Role Sensemaking of Academic Diversity Officers Talk description: Diversity officer roles are a popular organizational structure to coordinate diversity initiatives in various settings, especially in Higher Education. Academic Diversity Officers (ADOs) […]

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September 27, 2018 - September 28, 2018

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Gutman Conference Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts


We live in a time of rising inequality, growing racial, ethnic and gender tensions, escalating climate change and growing precarity of work. The time is ripe for multi-level systems change. At this year’s Roundtable, the RCRC will explore the relational dynamics of multi-level systems change. From interpersonal to organizational to institutional, change requires new ways […]

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September 27, 2018

1:00-2:00 p.m.


Please note: This event is for invited researchers only. Title: The Economic and Interpersonal Consequences of Deflecting Direct Questions Talk description: Direct, difficult questions (e.g., Do you have other offers? When do you plan on having children?) pose a challenge. Respondents may incur economic costs for honestly revealing information, reputational costs for engaging in deception, […]

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September 20, 2018

1:00-2:00 p.m.


Please note: This event is for invited researchers only. Title: The Role of Positive Deviance in Sustainable Agribusiness Development Talk description: The agribusiness sector is undergoing transformational challenges requiring agribusiness professionals and organizations to rethink their approach to sustainability. Problem-focused/deficit gap approaches are insufficient to tackle these transformational challenges. Alternative approaches to local agribusiness may […]

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September 14, 2018

8:00-10:00 a.m.

The Metropolitan, Michigan Room, 233 South Wacker Drive, Willis Tower, 66th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606


An experiential workshop presented by the Center for Positive Organization’s Chris White and Root Inc.’s Chris Williams You want to build a positive organization, but not all of your colleagues are as excited about the idea as you are. Some don’t know why doing this would be worth the time or effort, while others say […]

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Robert Vallerand

September 13, 2018

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Michigan Ross Campus, Blau Hall, 700 East University, Colloquium, 5th Floor, Ann Arbor


Robert J. Vallerand Professor of Social Psychology Director, Research Laboratory on Social Behavior Université du Québec à Montréal About the talk Passion is largely recognized as one of the most important factors in successful organizations. In this presentation, Vallerand will introduce the concept of passion and present theory and research that shows when passion leads […]

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August 10, 2018 - August 14, 2018

Chicago, IL


AOM 2018 Theme: Improving Lives Improving Health and Well-being in Society: How Can Organizations Help? The 2018 Theme asks the question: How can organizations contribute to the betterment of society through elevating the health and well-being of those who live in it? What role can organizations play in positively affecting the physical, psychological, social, and […]

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2018 Gathering of POS Scholars at AOM

Presented by the Center for Positive Organizations

August 12, 2018

7:30-9:00 a.m.

Sheraton Grand Chicago, Chicago Ballroom #10, 301 E. North Water St., Chicago, IL 60611


Annual Gathering of POS Scholars at the 2018 Academy of Management Annual Meeting Each year we gather for breakfast during the Academy of Management’s Annual Meeting to connect as a community, to learn about new developments in the field, and to generate energy about the possibilities created by using a Positive Organizational Scholarship lens. This […]

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Partner Event

The World Positive Education Accelerator

2nd Festival of Positive Education + Appreciative Inquiry Summit

June 25, 2018 - June 28, 2018

Fort Worth Convention Center, Texas


The World Positive Education Accelerator (WPEA) is the first of its kind—integrating the International Positive Education Network’s (IPEN) second Festival of Positive Education with Champlain College’s David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry methodology. Similar to the 2016 Festival of Positive Education, the 2018 WPEA will elevate the inspiration and ideas of over 1,200 researchers, […]

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Our 2018 Appreciations

Please join us as we show our appreciation for those people who contributed to the Center for Positive Organization's impact over the past year

May 16, 2018

2:30-4:30 p.m.

Michigan Ross Campus, Blau Hall, 700 East University, Colloquium, 5th floor, Ann Arbor


CPO co-founders: Kim Cameron, Jane Dutton, Robert Quinn (L-R) Please join us as we show our appreciation for those people who contributed to the Center for Positive Organization’s impact over the past year. We’ve had a busy academic year here at the Center and we invite you to join us as we reflect and appreciate our faculty, students, […]

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May 10, 2018 - May 11, 2018

Michigan Ross, 701 Tappan, Ann Arbor, MI


Michigan Ross Positive Business Conference Culture is a hot topic these days — and for good reason. Businesses with positive cultures enjoy larger profits, better performance, and happier employees. In addition, thriving employees are more committed and satisfied with their jobs. But how do you create this kind of culture? Develop a strategy for a […]

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May 03, 2018

10:00-11:00 a.m.


Please note: This event is for invited researchers only. Title: Exploring the Role of Leadership Facilitation on Primary Care Team Participation, Relational Coordination, and Group Solidarity Talk description: Team coordination is a central aspect of integrated care delivery and increasingly critical to primary care practices of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). While several studies demonstrate the […]

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