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Recognize risks to nurture emerging leaders, CPO researchers write

December 21, 2020

Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty associates Susan J. Ashford and Scott DeRue co-authored the Harvard Business Review article “Why Capable People Are Reluctant to Lead.” The article examines new research into why promising employees fail to assume leadership opportunities and suggests strategies managers can use to nurture emerging leaders. Based on their research, Ashford, […]


Wayne Baker co-authors new study published in Social Networks journal

December 15, 2020

The need for belonging is at the heart of new research co-authored by Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty director Wayne Baker and published in the January 2021 issue of the journal Social Networks. In “Positive Emotions, Instrumental Resources, and Organizational Network Evolution: Theorizing via Simulation Research,” Baker and co-author Ryan W. Quinn write that […]


CPO’s November newsletter

November 30, 2020

The November 2020 issue of the Center for Positive Organization’s newsletter is now out. Read through this issue (as well as past issues) here and subscribe to future issues here.


Brianna Caza coaches Women at Work listeners on how to pursue passion projects

November 23, 2020

Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) Research Advisory Board member Brianna Caza visits the Women at Work podcast for an episode called “Let’s Take Our Side Gigs Off the Back-Burner.” Caza and co-hosts Emily Caulfield, Amy Gallo and Amy Bernstein discuss how to find the time, energy, and support to pursue passion projects. Specifically, Caza coaches […]


CPO Executive in Residence Ron May elected to National Academy of Construction

November 16, 2020

The National Academy of Construction has elected Ron May, a retired executive from DTE Energy, headquartered in Detroit, MI, as a member of its class of 2020. His induction occurred on October 29 during the NAC annual meeting, which was held online. During the induction ceremony, NAC cited May as an “innovator, change agent, teacher, […]


How to overcome your reluctance to ask for help at work

November 16, 2020

By: Wayne Baker

Photo by Christina Morillo from Pexels People are very generous—if you ask. Here’s how to make a thoughtful request. Jessica was overwhelmed and didn’t know what to do. She is a generous person by nature who had volunteered, as she often does, to help a stressed-out colleague. . . . But what started out as […]


Emotional well-being is key to mentorship, CPO researchers tell Harvard Business Review

November 10, 2020

Tending to emotional well-being is at the core of the mentor-mentee relationship, write Center for Positive Organizations faculty associates David P. Fessell and Sanjay Saint in the Harvard Business Review article “Mentoring During a Crisis.” The article—co-authored with Vineet Chopra, an Associate Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at Michigan […]


Jane Dutton receives honorary doctorate from Erasmus University Rotterdam

November 5, 2020

Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) core faculty member Jane Dutton has been awarded an honorary doctorate degree, Erasmus University Rotterdam reports. The Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University honored Dutton for her internationally recognized contributions to research on management and leadership. “Jane’s legacy is that she has helped us look at organisations, and our own […]


Zooming in on celebrations!

October 27, 2020

By: Jane Dutton, Arne Carlsen, Sally Maitlis

Photo by Ambreen Hasan on Unsplash Celebrations are underrated and underutilized in our virtual worlds. This blog is a celebration of celebrations on Zoom or on any of your favorite virtual platforms. It is a call to celebrate more and to use our imaginations in how we come together to mark important milestones and accomplishments, […]