March 29, 2016

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Please note: This event is for invited researchers only.

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 a forum for sharing and encouraging POS-related research ideas that are at various stages of development.

Questions about POS Research Incubator Sessions can be directed to Julia Lee at

Description: Legal scholars, lawyers, and corporate legal departments often focus on minimum legal standards. We worry about exactly what is required by relevant laws. We fret about the costs of compliance. We provide examples of noncompliance and efforts to avoid legal consequences. We argue about whether the legal standards are over or under inclusive. Meanwhile, the “positive” movement in psychology and management scholarship seems poised to relegate those compliance-focused discussions to the scrapheap of history along with eight-track players and home telephones. Instead of studying negatively deviant behavior, the positive movement identifies and evaluates positively deviant behavior by companies, managers, and individuals.

Bio: Professor Dana M. Muir, JD, MBA, is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Business Law at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. She has published extensively on and is a nationally recognized expert on fiduciary and remedial issues especially in the fields of investments, governance, and pensions. Professor Muir’s research has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, she is a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and a member of its Board of Governors, and a member of the international best practice team of the Transparency Task Force. She was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Insurance and Asset Management and is a past Editor-in-Chief of the annual supplements to Employee Benefits Law.
Professor Muir served as a board member and chaired the compensation committee at Aerospace Corporation and is currently an officer on the board of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. She has been active in a variety of government-related policy roles, including on the Employee Benefits Security Administration’s Advisory Council and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s Advisory Committee.