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POS: Five Years and Counting

8/29/2007 --

Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship takes a look back at its accomplishments, so far.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—In its first five years, the Ross School's Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship has doubled its core faculty and built a network of more than 100 affiliated researchers throughout the world.

From an idea envisioned in 2001 by Ross professors Kim Cameron, Jane Dutton and Bob Quinn to create a new field of study to the formal establishment of the POS center a year later, positive organizational scholarship has thrived ever since.

The Center for POS is devoted to energizing and transforming organizations through research on the theory and practice of positive organizing and leadership. Its scholars examine topics related to positive emotion, compassion, energy, resilience, virtues, reciprocity, leadership and thriving.

To commemorate its first five years, the center has published a report summarizing its activities and accomplishments.

"It is easy to be deeply engaged in whatever projects consume us in the moment, but it is imperative to step back from time to time and look at the structure formed from the various pieces," said Wayne Baker, director of the Center for POS. "The wealth of the center is in the ideas and research generated by those who grasped the potential of POS as a new path in management and organization studies. In the years since, the wealth of ideas has spread throughout the world and spawned research collaborations, conferences and publications, and has transformed the organizations that have embraced these ideas."

In addition to Baker, Cameron, Dutton and Quinn, core POS faculty members include Gretchen Spreitzer and Lynn Wooten. Their work has appeared in scholarly and practitioner journals, and their books include "Exploring Positive Relationships at Work," "Making the Impossible Possible," "Leading with Values" and "Positive Organizational Scholarship."

Their research has resulted in a number of case studies and self-assessment tools, including the popular "Reflected Best Self Exercise." In addition, other POS concepts and principles are used widely by organizations and universities worldwide.

POS report:

POS Web site:

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat, (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847,