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


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 cultures in organizations tackling grand challenges. I will demonstrate how hope cultures in such organizations ebb and flow over time, with downstream implications for their collective wellbeing and mission-oriented actions. I will also provide some insights into related projects that my colleagues and I are currently working on.

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 Incubators here and direct questions about individual sessions to cpo-events@umich.edu.