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Chris White interviewed for Forbes article on building a positive organization

December 13, 2013

In the Forbes article, “6 Essential Ways To Build A Positive Organziation, ” CPO Managing Director, Chris White, citing research from CPO faculty, explains six ways to create positive organizations that make the utmost of human performance. Focus Behavior on the Do’s, Not Just the Don’ts Kim Cameron is cited for his research on virtuousness, and how attributes […]


The Three R’s – and G: The place for Gratitude in Early Education

November 25, 2013

How would the educational experience be transformed—and transforming—if gratitude was part of the curriculum for students, and for training of teachers and administrators? Lea Waters is dedicated to providing the answers, as well as the resources, via her research on gratitude.

Lea Waters is the director of the Centre for Positive Psychology in the School of Education at the University of Melbourne, and she recently visited the Center for Positive Organizations to share her research into the importance of gratitude to well-being, and how best to engender a culture of gratitude in schools. She presented her research to University of Michigan faculty members and doctoral students in a POS Research Incubator session, and gave presentations on early education curricula featuring gratitude to students in the Center for Positive Organizations +Lab.


POS in Action: Step one when facing an “insurmountable” challenge: identify the positives

November 25, 2013

Identify the problem, then formulate a solution. Reasonable strategy? What about looking first at what is right in the situation, and how to build on it? This is what Jim Mallozzi did in 2009, when he was appointed CEO to Prudential Real Estate and Relocation, which was deep in the red at time. He applied what he had learned from research in the field of Positive Organizational Scholarship, and not only implemented strengths-based strategies, but worked to answer the question, “How do we achieve something that is truly great and never before seen in our industry?”


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November 25, 2013


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November 25, 2013

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The Good Guys Win: How a new field of research is redefining—and redesigning—success in business

November 18, 2013 | November 18, 2013

Patton Dodd quotes Kim Cameron and Jane Dutton in a feature on the application of research findings in positive organizational scholarship during a difficult merger – “With the help of Kim [Cameron] and Robert [Quinn], John [Y. Kim, CEO,] and his team began to introduce positive organizational principles into Prudential Retirement—including institutionalizing forgiveness, resilience, supportive communication and employee empowerment—with the goal of creating sustainable culture change and meeting business goals.”


Center for Positive Organizations Partners with Humax Corporation to Help Businesses Implement Positive Practices

November 13, 2013

The Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business, a world-class research center fostering the creation and growth of positive organizations, today announced that it has partnered with Humax Corporation, a leader in bringing the benefits of network science to individuals and organizations around the world.


POS in Action: The Center’s new office

October 21, 2013

What do you envision as the ideal office work environment? What are important elements?

When the Center for Positive Organizations moved into new office space last month, we were excited to implement some of the concepts that research in POS topics had shown to create great workplaces.


Welcome to the Center for Positive Organizations!

October 18, 2013

We are excited to share with our community the news that we have changed our name from Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship to Center for Positive Organizations. The new name is a reflection of our aspiration to build on our foundation of rigorous, empirical research in the field of positive organizational scholarship (POS) and expand our impact through events, education programs, corporate partnerships, research-in-action teaching tools, and as the hub for information about POS. At the Center for Positive Organizations, our mission is to undertake and spread the science of building high-performing organizations that bring out the best in people.


Why Your Boss Cares if You’re Happy

September 16, 2013 | September 16, 2013

Article on measuring and encouraging employee happiness quotes Jane Dutton on the benefits to employees, and to society as a whole.


The Power of Positivity

September 5, 2013 | September 5, 2013

Della Bradshaw of Financial Times interviews Kim Cameron on individuals with positive energy in the workplace.