Gretchen Spreitzer discusses a new world of work with the Michigan Daily

August 8, 2016

In a conversation with the Michigan Daily, Gretchen Spreitzer, Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professor of Business Administration, professor of management and organizations, and the faculty director for the Center for Positive Organizations, discussed a vision for a new world of work. She also explained the unique role of the Center for Positive Organizations in contributing Positive Organizational Scholarship to support and inform Ross School of Business’s broader mission of creating positive business leaders.

Positive business is the vision of the Ross School of Business, and the idea is that businesses can be a powerful force for good in the world,” she told the Daily. She added that, as the home of a robust research community, Ross is uniquely positioned to advance the mission of creating a broader definition of business.

The need for a new focus on positivity within organizations was recognized after the 9/11 terror attacks, and since the formal inception of the field of Positive Organizational Scholarship in 2001, it has remained a growing field that continues to attract new researchers and organizational leaders every day. Toward the end of her conversation with the Daily, she concluded, “There’s always new dynamics and issues and challenges and opportunities and possibilities coming up … We’re [the Center for Positive Organizations] really focusing this coming up year on trying to understand the new world of work.”