Join Wayne Baker, Robert P. Thome Professor of Business; Professor of Management & Organizations; Professor of Sociology for the final Positive Links Speaker Series for Fall 2013. The Fall 2013 theme is Exploring Positive Relationships and Positive Organizations
This session invites you to engage the critical topic of Positive Leadership and Positive Relationships. Through a combination of lecture, reflection, and discussion, we will consider “Why do people help one another, especially when helping is costly and there is no guarantee of direct reciprocity?” This session will feature lessons on the main explanation in economics, evolutionary biology, and game theory is strategic reputation building. By helping others, you earn a reputation for generosity that others reward by helping you. Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) offers another explanation: positive emotions. When someone helps you, you feel grateful and pay it forward by helping someone else. Prof. Baker reports findings from the first-ever critical test of these two competing explanations, using data on over 44,000 decisions made by members of two organizational groups over a three-month period. These findings show that positive emotions are a stronger mechanism than reputation. Prof. Baker describes two positive practices that promote prosocial behavior in organizations: prosocial bonuses and the Reciprocity Ring.
Got an idea for a business? Want to learn how to develop that idea and receive grant funding? Attend this session to learn more about the Zell Lurie Institute's Mayleben Venture Shaping and Dare to Dream Grants program.