+LAB: Learn, embody, do

Applications for +LAB 2019-20 will open August 14

What is the +LAB?

The +LAB is a co-curricular learning program that brings together undergraduate and graduate students from across the university in a dynamic learning environment designed to:

  • Immerse students in the theory and practice of Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS)
  • Equip students to apply what they have learned to be organizational change agents
  • Engage with inspirational organizational leaders and pioneering scholars
  • Build a community of students passionate about understanding and creating high-performing organizations that bring out the best in people

The +LAB experience

Selected students complete the application, participate in a community interview session and are invited to the +LAB in early fall. The program kicks off on Friday, October 5 and runs through the end of February. During the program, +LAB students attend +LAB events and register for MO455/555 in Winter A semester.

Huddles and events

  • Huddles: +LAB bi-weekly Friday learning sessions are called huddles. Engage with organizational and academic leaders who equip and inspire our students with case studies, pioneering research, and positive organizational practices. These Huddles typically take place from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. To see what life in a +LAB huddle looks like, check out our Facebook photo album.
  • Pop-ups: Connect with visiting leaders and researchers during informal small group sessions across a wide-variety of positive organizing topics. During the 2017-18 program, CPO hosted a dozen pop-ups where we brought together students with scholars and industry leaders for generative discussions related to emerging practices and research.
  • CPO Events: Gain inspiring and practical research-based strategies for building organizations at our monthly Positive Links featuring leading Positive Organizational scholars from around the world.

MO455/555: Flourishing at Work

  • +LAB students enroll in MO 455/555, a 7-week course in Winter A semester taught by CPO co-founder Jane Dutton. This course is designated to give students (undergraduate and graduate) a working and practical knowledge of the growing domain of positive organizational scholarship based on an intensive immersion in POS research and practice.
  • POS is an interdisciplinary approach to leading and being in work organizations in ways that call forth the best in people, resulting in individual and collective flourishing. Flourishing is a term that captures the optimal state of functioning of individuals, groups or organizations, with indicators such as thriving, engagement, health, growth and creativity as well as other markers of being in a state of positive deviance.
  • To learn more about the course, check out last year’s MO 455/555 syllabus.

Application process

The 2019-20 +LAB application opens on August 14 and will be due mid-September. The application process has 2 parts:

  1. Online: Complete and submit an online application. The 2019-20 online applications will be due mid-September
  2. In-person: Applicants are invited to register for one of our Community Interview Sessions once their completed application is reviewed by the CPO Learning Programs Team

Key dates & Deadlines

  • August 14: Online application opens
  • Mid-September: Online application closes at 11:59 p.m.
  • Late September Community Interviews
  • Early October: Kickoff Huddle (First event of the season)
  • Winter A Term 2020: MO 455/555, historically on Tuesdays/Thursdays 8-10am

Past +LAB Photos

More about CPO

Learn more about CPO and what we’re all about by watching our welcome video.

Other ways to get involved

Check out the Magnify Immersion Program, our spring term program for undergraduate students. Explore the undergraduate class listing or the graduate class listing to find a POS course to add to your academic schedule.


Get in touch with Stacey Scimeca, +LAB Lead, at sscimeca@umich.edu.