Amy Young

November 08, 2018

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Please note: This event is for invited researchers only.

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 fail to describe communication that brings out the very best in self and others. Amy will share an alternative model that explains how communicative behaviors can be used to create a state of readiness for positive growth. Using a social constructionist framework, this model unpacks the psychology of social interactions and allows us to tap into human potential that currently resides dormant. Key to the process is the recognition that the self is a social creation and thus change occurs most readily with positive social interaction. Amy explores how the model can be used to explain existing positive outliers and to prescriptively craft future growth.

Amy Young is on the Business Communications faculty at the Ross School of Business and received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Amy teaches positive business communications at Ross and provides students with tangible communicative strategies to build and expand human capabilities and wellbeing within the organizational context. She is a core faculty member of the Center for Positive Organizations and Faculty Director of its Consortium.

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 are at various stages of development.

Learn more about the Adderley Positive Research Incubator here and direct questions about individual sessions to Amy Young at