Quartz highlights U-M gig economy course

December 1, 2019

The Quartz article “How universities are starting to prepare students for the gig economy” notes U-M is giving a new generation of workers the tools they need to succeed in a changing business world.

Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty associate Susan J. Ashford tells Quartz that student demand for jobs that fit their lifestyle is on the rise. In response, Ross School of Business introduced the capstone class “The Art and Science of Designing Your Life to Thrive in the New World of Work” in 2018.

The course—designed and taught by Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) core faculty Gretchen M. Spreitzer and faculty associate Betsy Erwin—teaches students how to cope with change, be flexible and create a meaningful career and personal life.

Ashford is a CPO faculty associate and holds the Michael and Susan Jandernoa Professorship of Management and Organizations at Michigan Ross.

Erwin is CPO senior associate director and holds a lectureship at Ross.

Gretchen Spreitzer is the Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professor of Business Administration and a professor of management and organizations at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.