Center for Positive Organizations Appoints HopeLab’s Murchison As Visiting Leader

December 17, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich.–()–The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business today announced that Chris Marcell Murchison, Vice President of Staff Development and Culture at HopeLab, will serve as Visiting Leader at the Center for Positive Organizations. In his two-year appointment, Murchison will unify his successful business background with the ongoing research, teaching and organizational partnerships of the Center.

Murchison’s appointment represents a further step by the Center for Positive Organizations in bringing research-based approaches to organizational leaders in inspiring and practical ways. In recent years, the Center for Positive Organizations has been recognized by the Academy of Management for opening up a new field of scholarly inquiry, and for its impact on management practices. Murchison will mentor students, support teaching and research, advise on program development and serve as a bridge to fellow change agents aspiring to build positive organizations. Murchison joins Cascade Engineering Founder and Chair Fred Keller in a growing community of leaders investing their time to advance the mission of the Center.

“Cultivating high-performing, resilient individuals and workplaces that help organizations thrive is both a professional and personal passion for me,” said Murchison. “I’m inspired by the students and faculty at the Center for Positive Organizations and look forward to exploring ways to catalyze meaningful impact on workplace cultures by combining scholarly inquiry with practical insights from the field.”

“We’re honored that Chris is joining the team at the Center as a Visiting Leader,” said Chris White, managing director for the Center for Positive Organizations. “The wisdom, experience, and character Chris brings is a perfect fit for our think tank of leaders, students, and faculty coming together to learn from each other and shape a new world of work.”

About the Center for Positive Organizations

The Center for Positive Organizations, based at the Ross School of Business, is a world-class research center that brings transformational research to students and leaders through articles, books, events, tools, teaching, and organizational partnerships.

Since 2002, the Center has been the hub of research on Positive Organizational Scholarship. Our domains of research are Positive Leadership, Meaning and Purpose, Ethics and Virtues, Relationships and Culture in an organizational setting.

In 2010, The Academy of Management presented the Center for Positive Organizations with the Joanne Martin Trailblazer Award for opening up a new field of inquiry in management science. In 2012, The Academy presented the Center with the Research Center Impact Award in recognition of its extensive influence on management practices.

Our mission is to inspire and enable leaders to build high-performing organizations that bring out the best in people. We are a catalyst for the creation and growth of positive organizations.