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The impact of leading business school professors

November 5, 2021

By: George J. Siedel

Truly effective and inspiring business professors have a sense of authenticity and purpose that extends beyond the classroom to benefit society at large. How do award-winning business school professors teach and conduct research across a variety of disciplines in ways that contribute to both the advancement of business and the common good? How do they […]


CPO researcher Felix Warneken explores the roots of human cooperation on AADL.TV

October 26, 2021

Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty associate Felix Warneken discusses “What Children and Chimpanzees Reveal about the Origins of Human Cooperation” on the AADL.TV series “Exploring the Mind.” The episode, which was a collaboration between the Ann Arbor District Library and the University of Michigan department of psychology, explores the evolutionary origins of human cooperation. […]


Book by Michigan Ross professor explores the power of ‘flexing’ to develop new skills

October 25, 2021

Small behavioral experiments in daily life can lead to tremendous personal growth, according to a new book by Ross School of Business Professor Sue Ashford. The Power of Flexing describes a system useful for anyone wanting to gain skills or overcome challenges. After setting a personal growth goal, you devise experiments to test out different strategies for […]


Adam Grant shares ‘Mario Kart Theory of Peak Flow’ in TED talk

October 18, 2021

Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty affiliate Adam Grant explains “How to stop languishing and start finding flow” in a recent TED talk. The TED talk builds on Grant’s wildly successful New York Times article on languishing, which he calls the “neglected middle child of mental health.” Grant defines languishing as a sense of stagnation […]


Flexible work is here to stay, Adam Grant writes in The Wall Street Journal

October 18, 2021

Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) Faculty Affiliate Adam Grant writes about “The Real Meaning of Freedom at Work” in The Wall Street Journal. Grant says the taste of freedom and flexibility workers got while working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic has inspired what he calls the Great Resignation, wherein employees required to return to […]


CNN cites Jane Dutton, Amy Wrzesniewski’s research on job crafting

October 13, 2021

The CNN article How to fix your job so that you love it, in three steps” cites research by Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) co-founder Jane Dutton and faculty affiliate Amy Wrzesniewski. The article focuses on how workers can improve their day-to-day happiness through a process Dutton and Wrzesniewski call “job crafting.” Job crafting involves […]


Self-compassion helps leaders — and their workers

October 5, 2021

When leaders actively practice compassion toward themselves, it benefits both them and their employees, according to a new paper co-authored by Ross School of Business Professor Sue Ashford. “We tend to think of leadership as a universally good thing, so we don’t fully account for the hardships of leadership. We don’t think of self-compassion as something […]


POISED researcher Meg Warren shares insights in study of happiest states

September 30, 2021

POISED researcher Meg Warren shares advice on how to achieve overall happiness and career contentment in the WalletHub study “2021’s Happiest States in America.” The study explores which states will most promote happiness as people transition back to normal life after the COVID-19 pandemic. It ranks the happiest states and zeroes in on depression, sleep, […]


Barbara Fredrickson discusses positive emotions on New Books Network podcast

September 28, 2021

Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty affiliate Barbara Fredrickson is featured in the New Books Network podcast episode “The Science of Emotions.” Fredrickson speaks with Ideas Roadshow founder Howard Burton in a wide-ranging interview that explores her research on positive emotions. The conversation kicks off with an exploration of positive emotions’ evolutionary purpose. It then […]


New book details the far-reaching effects of leaders’ positive energy

September 22, 2021

A recent book by Ross School of Business Professor Emeritus Kim Cameron summarizes his many years of research into the power of positive energy, particularly in the business world. Positively Energizing Leadership: Virtuous Actions and Relationships that Create High Performance examines how individuals are attracted to and flourish in the presence of positive energy. Grounded in data and […]