Jane Dutton and Monica C. Worline

February 20, 2018

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Michigan Ross Campus, Ross Building, 701 Tappan, Colloquium, 6th Floor, Ann Arbor

Jane Dutton
Co-founder, Center for Positive Organizations
Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Business Administration and Psychology, University of Michigan
Monica C. Worline
Research Scientist, Stanford University Center for Compassion & Altruism Research and Education
Affiliate Faculty, Center for Positive Organizations

About the talk

In this talk, Dutton and Worline invite you to consider the power of high quality connections in organizations as a source of competitive advantage. Research on the power of high quality connections (and the pathways to build them) offers insights into how we can infuse organizational practices (such as onboarding, meetings, talent development, and shift changes) with a greater capacity for building high quality connections. The presentation will offer practical examples of how to re-imagine everyday organizational routines as opportunities to build employee engagement, health, creativity, and resilience.

About Dutton

Jane Dutton is the Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Emerita Professor of Business Administration and Psychology at the University of Michigan and co-founder of the Center for Positive Organizations. Her research on Positive Organizational Scholarship began with an interest in compassion and the difference it makes for individuals and organizations, and has expanded to focus on the power of positive relationships at work, job crafting, and positive identities.

About Worline

Monica C. Worline, PhD, is co-author of Awakening Compassion at Work and founder and CEO of EnlivenWork, an innovation organization that teaches people how to tap into courageous thinking, compassionate leadership, and the curiosity to bring their best work to life. She is a research scientist at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and an affiliate faculty at the Center for Positive Organizations, University of Michigan.


Gretchen Spreitzer, faculty director of the Center for Positive Organizations; Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professor of Business Administration; Professor of Management and Organizations


The Center for Positive Organizations thanks University of Michigan Learning & Professional DevelopmentSanger Leadership Center, Tauber Institute for Global Operations, Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, and Diane (BA ’73) and Paul (MBA ’75) Jones for their support of the 2017-18 Positive Links Speaker Series.

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