Upcoming Events

October 06, 2022

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

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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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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 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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November 01, 2022

2:00 p.m. ET

This event is for invited researchers only.


Scholar presenter: Barnini Bhattacharyya, University of Western Ontario 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 […]

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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 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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December 06, 2022

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. ET

In-Person, Ross School of Business


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. Instructor Sarah Kurtz McKinnon, Senior […]

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December 07, 2022

2:00 p.m. ET

This event is for invited researchers only.


Scholar presenter: Njoke Thomas, Boston College Seed generators: Reut Livne-Tarandach, Manhattan College Tim Pollock, University of Tennessee Knoxville Topic: Sisters are doing it for themselves: Asserting dignity while monetizing a marginalized experience in the influencer economy Talk description: Social media platforms have served to reduce many of the barriers to entry that have prevented underrepresented […]

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January 23, 2023

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

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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 08, 2023

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

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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 23, 2023

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

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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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Past Events

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

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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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May 19, 2022

3:00 p.m.

This event is for invited researchers only.


Scholar presenter: Kyle Dobson, The University of Texas at Austin Seed generators: Michael Pratt, Boston College Nick Camp, University of Michigan Topic: Using Transparency to Build Authentic Connections with Law Enforcement Talk description: Trust in law enforcement is at a record low, despite billions of dollars invested in community-oriented policing approaches meant to build high-quality […]

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Hilary Hoyt Hendricks

April 21, 2022

3:00 p.m.

This event is for invited researchers only.


Scholar presenter: Hilary Hoyt Hendricks, University of Michigan Seed generators: Karen Golden-Biddle, Boston University Scott Sonenshein, Rice University Topic: Keeping Mom and Pop Alive: Mapping Collective Mourning during Rapid Organizational Growth Talk description: When organizations grow, there can be much to grieve. New layers of management disrupt relationships, new processes disrupt routines, unfamiliar logics may […]

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March 22, 2022

3:00 p.m.

This event is for invited researchers only.


Scholar presenter: Katrin Heucher, University of Michigan Seed generators: Allison S. Gabriel, University of Arizona Wendy Smith, University of Delaware Topic: Team (identity) work – The role of paradox in making, breaking and repairing team identity Talk description: From an 18-month organizational ethnography in a multinational company, several tensions related to the identity work of […]

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March 15, 2022

4:00-5:00 p.m. ET

Note: This event has been changed to a virtual format


  Sue Ashford Michael and Susan Jandernoa Professor of Management and Organizations, University of Michigan Author, The Power of Flexing About the talk One of the best things you can say about someone is that they continued to grow, develop, change, improve, and evolve throughout their life. Indeed, personal growth is crucial if you want […]

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February 24, 2022

3:00 p.m.

This event is for invited researchers only.


Scholar presenter: Adaora Ubaka, University of Illinois at Chicago Seed generators: Lakshmi Ramarajan, Harvard University Lindy Greer, University of Michigan Topic: Deactivating Threat Through Intergroup Ensemble: A Process Model of Building Integrated Psychological Safety in Racially Diverse Spaces Talk description: Psychological safety is a beneficial social-psychological state that promotes positive outcomes in the workplace such […]

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February 17, 2022

4:00-5:00 p.m. ET

Note: This event has been changed to a virtual format


Andrew J. Hoffman Holcim Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan Author, Management as a Calling About the talk Business leaders have tremendous power to influence our society, how it operates, whether it is fair, and the extent to which it impacts the environment. And yet, we do not recognize or call out the responsibility […]

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January 25, 2022

1:00-2:00 p.m. ET

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Maryam Kouchaki Associate Professor of Management and Organizations, Northwestern University About the talk Individuals’ experiences at work can provide the opportunity for them to become a better person, in all aspects of their life. Instead of helping workers make more ethical decisions in the moment, organizations can and should create environments that help them become […]

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Katina Sawyer

January 19, 2022

3:00 p.m.

This event is for invited researchers only.


Scholar presenter: Katina Sawyer, The George Washington University Seed generators: Mark de Rond, University of Cambridge Madeline Toubiana, University of Alberta Topic: Hope in Organizations Tackling Grand Challenges Talk description: In this presentation, I will unpack a recently published, two-year ethnography in an organization addressing commercial sex exploitation. Specifically, we uncover the role of hope […]

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