March 26, 2020

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Please note: This event is for invited researchers only.

When Do Positive Practices Stick? A Field Experiment and Qualitative Exploration of “Gratitude Circles” in Fresh Fast-Food Restaurants

Talk description:
The benefits of gratitude for individuals and teams are well established, but how do practices of gratitude become sustained as individual habits and organizational routines? Using a mixed-methods approach, we studied the implementation of “Gratitude Circles” and other positive practices in16 fresh fast-food restaurants. We will present the preliminary findings of our field experiment and ask for the help of incubator attendees in interpreting data from our ongoing interviews with managers and team members.

Julia Lee Cunningham is an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, and studies the psychology of narratives, lay theories, and morality.  She received a PhD in Public Policy at Harvard University in 2015, where she was trained in organizational behavior, psychology, and behavioral economics.

Nathan Meikle is a postdoctoral research associate at the Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame. Before earning his PhD in Management from the Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, Nate founded a commercial real estate development company, graduated from Stanford Law School, and worked as a football sideline reporter.

Hilary Hendricks is a 3rd year doctoral student in Management and Organizations at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She studies how increasingly transient employees create belonging, shared purpose, and a sense of community in the new world of work.

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