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Cultivating Flourishing in a Remote Environment

An honorary doctorate mini-lecture by Jane Dutton

November 04, 2020

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

Cultivating Flourishing in a Remote Environment

Honorary Doctorate Mini-lecture by Jane Dutton

Presented by Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

About this Event

How do you find working with Zoom, MS Teams and other kinds of virtual platforms? Can we improve the way we work with this technology?

In this unique session, Professor Jane Dutton will present her research-based tips and tricks for thriving in a virtual environment. Her exclusive presentation is to mark the award of her honorary doctorate from Erasmus University Rotterdam on the occasion of the university’s Dies Natalis two days later. Prof. Dutton is from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

The main question that Prof. Dutton will address is: How do we ensure that online meetings lead to productive interactions and foster connectedness, rather than isolation and loneliness?

She will share her thoughts on the effectiveness of virtual meetings, drawing on her ground-breaking research on positive relationships at work. You will learn how virtual meetings can be:

  • Re-imagined as ways to connect rather than feel disconnected
  • Used as a tool to harbor the creative energies and passions of people into productive outcomes rather than as just another medium of information exchange


  • 17:00 – 17:05 Introduction by moderator and nominator Prof. Joep Cornelissen
    17:05 – 17:20 “Cultivating flourishing in a remote environment” by Prof. Jane Dutton
    17:20 – 18:00 Panel discussion with Prof. Dutton, Sai Kalvapalle (PhD candidate), Dr Rebecca Hewett (assistant professor), and Sunil Singh

Professor Jane Dutton will present this short lecture on Wednesday 4 November preceding her honorary doctorate, to be bestowed on her as part of Erasmus University’s 107th anniversary and RSM’s 50th anniversary. The Dies Natalis of the university is on Friday 6 November 2020:

RSM’s 50th anniversary year presents many opportunities for learning how to optimise online connections:

We look forward to celebrating our anniversary and sharing valuable knowledge with you on Wednesday 4 November 2020.

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