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Dana Muir on pension de-risking in Ross Thought in Action

February 3, 2016


Professor Dana Muir, writing in WSJ’s ‘The Experts’ blog, says employer moves to de-risk pension plans could put your benefit at greater risk. This is the year many employers may “de-risk” their pension plans. But that actually could mean more risk for you, not less. Michigan Ross Professor Dana Muir, writing in the Wall Street […]

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Insights from Adam Grant’s new book in Time

February 2, 2016


A new book from Adam Grant, a member of the Center for Positive Organizations Research Advisory Board, is featured in the Time article,  “How Being a Rebel at Work Can Boost Your Career.” The book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, was published in February by Viking. The article profiles some key take-aways from Grant’s book, including […]

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Robert Quinn on new perspectives in HRZone

February 2, 2016


In this three part HRZone series, “The Positive Organization: a new ideal for HR to aspire to,” Professor and CPO Co-Founder Robert Quinn discusses the future of HR and how businesses can integrate positive practices based on sound academic research. Quinn surfaces the criticism of HR as a “bandage business,” looks at new perspectives to turn organizations positive, and […]

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Third Place Events – a slice of time

February 1, 2016

By: Jennifer Evans


There are a number of perhaps surprising activities that evidence increasingly shows support wellness, happiness, creativity, and vitality. With a few clicks of the internet you can see the proven benefits of things we generally think of as child’s play. Positive organizational psychology research demonstrates that increased personal well-being both benefits individual productivity and promotes […]

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Center for Positive Organizations seeks to recognize best positive business practices

January 27, 2016


CPO issues call for submissions for the 2016 Positive Business Project competition The Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business has issued a call for submissions for its 2016 Positive Business Project competition, an annual contest celebrating organizations that deliver change through positive business practices. Organizations of […]

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Ted London delivering on the promise to the world’s poor

January 26, 2016


New book by Professor Ted London details how to build more effective ventures to serve people with low incomes. The flurry of interest in base-of-the-pyramid ventures since the late 1990s — when the late Ross Professor C.K. Prahalad wrote on the subject — hasn’t yet yielded enough large, sustainable enterprises that serve the world’s poorest […]

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Michelle Segar on the science of exercise in Fast Company

January 25, 2016


In the Fast Company article, “The Scientific Secret to Staying In Shape: Fall In Love With Exercising,” CPO Faculty Associate Michelle Segar talks about the motivation behind exercise. She explains her research which supports that people stick to goals longer when they are focused on immediate rewards such as feeling better or more energy rather than focusing […]

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Justin Berg ​talks job crafting ​with​ Stanford Business​’​ Insights

January 22, 2016


Justin Berg, a ​co-​creator of the Job Crafting Exercise​ (with Jane Dutton)​ and recent Positive Links Speaker, was interviewed by Stanford Business​’​ Insights on the benefits and techniques of job crafting in ​the article, “Should Employees Design Their Own Jobs?” ​Along with ​Dutton and Amy Wrzesniewski, ​Berg ​studies three different forms of job crafting: task […]

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Michelle Segar on the science of motivation in Michigan Today​ article “No sweat”

January 21, 2016


Reposted from Michigan Today How “sticky” is your resolution? January is nearly over, and though she is not a soothsayer, fitness expert and psychologist Michelle Segar has a prediction: Many well-meaning people who kicked off 2016 with a bold New Year’s resolution – especially one regarding weight loss – will soon abandon their plans. And that’s […]

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Michelle Segar on behavior psychology of tracking exercise in the Wall Street Journal

January 20, 2016


A recent Wall Street Journal article “Stop Counting 10,000 Steps; Check Your Personal Activity Intelligence,” describes a new fitness metric called the PAI — Personal Activity Intelligence — developed by Mio Global, a wearable technology enterprise. The metric is based on factors such as age, gender, resting heart rate, and other unique sources of quantitative data. CPO Faculty Associate Michelle […]

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