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Q&A: Exploring the importance of connection at the Positive Business Conference

April 20, 2021

This year’s Positive Business Conference hosted by the Ross School of Business will focus on the theme “Meaningful Engagement in a Fragmented Time: Connecting with Self, Others, and Society.” At the conference, which is planned for a virtual format May 13-14, Michigan Ross faculty member Monica Worline will introduce this theme of “Connection” during the […]


CPO professors discuss Michigan Ross’ positive leadership approach on ‘Working for the Weekend’ podcast

April 19, 2021

Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty associates Betsy Erwin and Lindy Greer and CPO core faculty member Gretchen Spreitzer visit the Working for the Weekend podcast on episode “#404 – Faculty Focus: Leadership and Teams.” The professors discuss how Michigan Ross’ unique emphasis on positive organizational leadership can empower MBA graduates to create thriving employees […]


Andrew J. Hoffman discusses new book The Engaged Scholar with Inside Higher Ed

April 13, 2021

Center for Positive Organizations faculty associate Andrew J. Hoffman discusses his new book, The Engaged Scholar: Expanding the Impact of Academic Research in Today’s World, in a Q&A with Inside Higher Ed. Hoffman says his book aims to inspire researchers to engage—with the public, politicians, and practitioners—to improve the quality of science discourse in a society […]


Collective resilience

April 1, 2021

By: Keara Kotten

Behind every resourceful woman is a support system of other resourceful women. Many times the narrative of collaboration is lost in favor of highlighting a single hero. In particular, neglecting female interconnectedness perpetuates unnecessary competition among women. In striving to be the one who makes it, women can sometimes be pitted against one another. But […]


Researchers explore workplace impact of white gaze in Gender, Work, & Organization paper

March 30, 2021

Photo: Christina @ on Unsplash POISED (Positive Organizational Inclusion Scholarship for Equity and Diversity) Research Spotlight Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) Faculty Affiliate Courtney McCluney recently co-authored the paper “‘Against a sharp white background’: How Black women experience the white gaze at work” in the journal Gender, Work, & Organization. The paper, co-authored with Verónica Caridad […]


Our response to anti-Asian racism and violence

March 26, 2021

We are resolute in the stance that hate, racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and white supremacy of any kind have no home at the Center for Positive Organizations. We are angry and heartbroken by the increasing number of attacks against Asian Americans across the United States, including the recent mass shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, where eight people […]


TEDx talk explores how companies can help workers and the bottom line

March 25, 2021

Businesses that take a few tangible actions can improve their employees’ lives as well as their own performance, Ross School of Business Professor [and Center for Positive Organizations Faculty Associate] Ach Adhvaryu explains in a new video. As part of a TEDx Gateway webinar series called “The World Has Changed,” Adhvaryu recently gave a live-streamed talk titled […]


Positive psychology can buffer, bolster, build mental health during pandemic, CPO researchers write

March 11, 2021

Photo: Helena Lopes on Pexels Several Center for Positive Organization (CPO) researchers recently co-authored a paper called “Positive psychology in a pandemic: buffering, bolstering, and building mental health” in The Journal of Positive Psychology. The paper, co-authored by researchers including CPO faculty affiliate Lea Waters, CPO co-founder Jane Dutton, and CPO faculty affiliate Barbara Fredrickson, […]


Julia Lee Cunningham, team receive U-M Carbon Neutrality Acceleration Program grant

March 9, 2021

U-M Carbon Neutrality Acceleration Program awards $1.75M in grants to seven research projects The Carbon Neutrality Acceleration Program at the University of Michigan’s Graham Sustainability Institute has awarded research grants to seven projects aimed at reducing net carbon emissions. The multiyear program was created last year with a $5 million gift from an anonymous donor. […]


Management should be a calling to do good by serving, not merely accumulating

March 9, 2021

Faculty Q&A Young people entering certain careers like medicine, ministry or public service may see their choice as not only a way to earn a living, but also to serve society. Andy Hoffman, professor of management and organizations at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business [and Center for Positive Organizations faculty associate], thinks […]


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Courtney McCluney discusses code-switching on Fast Company podcast

March 9, 2021

Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty affiliate Courtney McCluney speaks with Fast Company on The New Way We Work podcast episode titled “The toll of code-switching and the tyranny of culture fit.” The episode explores the exhausting labor that underrepresented people perform to fit in at workplaces biased toward white standards. For example, an employee […]