Robert Vallerand

September 13, 2018

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Michigan Ross Campus, Blau Hall, 700 East University, Colloquium, 5th Floor, Ann Arbor

Robert J. Vallerand
Professor of Social Psychology
Director, Research Laboratory on Social Behavior
Université du Québec à Montréal

About the talk

Passion is largely recognized as one of the most important factors in successful organizations. In this presentation, Vallerand will introduce the concept of passion and present theory and research that shows when passion leads to optimal functioning and when it does not. Further, some suggestions for applications will be discussed.

About Vallerand

Robert J. Vallerand is currently Professor of Psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal where he holds a Canada Research Chair in Motivational Processes and Optimal Functioning and is Director of the Research Laboratory on Social Behavior. Vallerand obtained his doctorate from the Université de Montréal and pursued postdoctoral studies at the University of Waterloo.

Vallerand is recognized as a leading international expert on motivational processes where he has developed theories dealing with intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, as well as passion for activities. He has published seven books and over 300 scientific articles and book chapters. His research has been cited extensively and he has received more than eight million ($) in research grants.


Kim Cameron, co-founder of the Center for Positive Organizations; William Russell Kelly Professor Emeritus of Business Administration; Professor Emeritus of Higher Education


The Center for Positive Organizations thanks University of Michigan Organizational Learning, Sanger Leadership Center, Tauber Institute for Global Operations, Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, Lisa and David (MBA ’87) Drews, and Diane (BA ’73) and Paul (MBA ’75) Jones for their support of the 2018-19 Positive Links Speaker Series.

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