April 12, 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 jooalee@umich.edu.

Description: There is a movement in organizational theory to help leaders and stakeholders create organizational cultures in which people thrive, experience high-quality relationships, and “achieve their highest potential” (Cameron, 2013, p. ix). Communicating well, with care and integrity, is at the heart of creating these cultures. But many people do not know what specific communication behaviors make a real difference and have positive effects on their personal and professional relationships. This talk introduces a model of positive communication that is theoretically grounded and heuristic. It features simple, concrete behaviors that people across contexts can use to create better worlds to work and live in.

Presenter Bio: Dr. Julien C. Mirivel (Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder) is Interim Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Associate Professor of Speech Communication at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His mission is to inspire people to communicate more positively at work and at home. He is the recipient of the college-level 2011 Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2016 Award for Excellence in Research. His research, which focuses on positive communication, has been published in leading journals in the field of communication, including Communication Monographs. His book, “The Art of Positive Communication: Theory and Practice,” published by Peter Lang, brings research and practice together to help people improve the way they communicate. From 2012-2015, he also served as the co-director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence on campus. Together, his leadership, teaching, and research seek to embody his mission to improve communication practice.