February 16, 2016

4:00-5:00 PM,

Reception Immediately Following

The Colloquium, 6th Floor, Ross Building, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

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Session Description: How do individuals and organizations learn from success? While it sounds easy, it is not. And yet, learning from success is a critical component of what makes organizations positive. University of Louisville College of Business Associate Professor Ryan Quinn explores the opportunities and challenges of this kind of learning. Quinn shares research that helps us see what works and guides the audience with tools designed to facilitate learning from success. By using tools like these, we can create new possibilities for ourselves and our organizations, and never stop getting better.

Ryan Quinn is an Associate Professor at the University of Louisville’s College of Business. He researches, teaches, trains, and consults on topics related to leadership and change management. He teaches in the Full-Time, Professional, Weekend and Executive MBA programs, and has also taught in Executive Education and undergraduate programs. He has consulted around the world for Fortune 500 companies, private firms, start-up businesses, non-profits, and government institutions, and is a principal at Lift Consulting. He has also been involved in educational consulting and training, including his involvement in the Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education’s Turnaround Specialist program and Wallace Foundation program, helping to train school system administrators to transform public schools and reduce achievement gaps. Ryan’s research focuses on two topics in particular: (1) the role that our psychological states play in our leadership, and (2) how organizations and individuals learn from success.

Ryan has a B.S. in statistics from Brigham Young University, a Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from Michigan Ross, a graduate certificate in the study of complex systems from the University of Michigan, and has studied international business and corporate strategy in Hitotsubashi University in Japan. He has taught at the Olin School of Business in Washington University in St. Louis, the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. Ryan has also been heavily involved in the Positive Organizational Scholarship movement, focusing many of his research questions on understanding what makes organizations and the people within them flourish, excel, and exceed expectations.

Ryan has published articles in outlets such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Annals, Organization Science, Human Resource Management, Journal of Management, Business & Economy, and The Washington Post. The second edition of the award-winning book he co-authored with his father, Lift: The Fundamental State of Leadership (Berrett-Koehler) will be published in the summer of 2015.

Free and open to the public.

The Center for Positive Organizations thanks Diane and Paul Jones (Ross School of Business MBA 1975), for their generous gift in support of the 2015-2016 Positive Links Speaker Series.