Upcoming Events

January 10, 2019

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

Presented by the Center for Positive Organizations

February 21, 2019 - February 22, 2019

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

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


Join the Center for Positive Organizations and the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute to learn powerful emotional intelligence skills for high performance and well-being. The Search Inside Yourself (SIY) 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 designed […]

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Past Events

December 13, 2018

1:00-2:30 p.m.

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


Join us as we celebrate our 200th Adderley Positive Research Incubator presentation! 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 POS-related research ideas that […]

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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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December 03, 2018

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)

Web conferencing, details will be sent before the event once your RSVP is received.


Please join the International Humanistic Management Association for a conversation with Gretchen Spreitzer (Ross School of Business). She will present her latest insights on thriving and work. The next Necessary Conversations topic: Necessary Conversations – Thriving in the New World of Work Monday, December 3, 2018 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. From Gretchen, “I have […]

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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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Amy Young

November 08, 2018

1:00-2:00 p.m.


Please note: This event is for invited researchers only. Title: Heliocrafting: Using Communication to Socially Construct the Possible Talk description: The field of business communication has primarily focused on the use of communication to inform, persuade, and build collegial relationships within the workplace. Current frameworks enable us to understand workplace communication that is common, but […]

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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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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 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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