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Ross Professors Win Prestigious Honor

8/26/2010 --

Faculty at the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship are recognized as "trailblazers" by the Academy of Management.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Six Ross School faculty who founded the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship have been named Trailblazers by the Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division of the Academy of Management.

Professors Lynne Wooten, Bob Quinn, Jane Dutton, Kim Cameron, Wayne Baker (pictured L-R), and Gretchen Spreitzer received the Joanne Martin Trailblazer Award this month at the Academy of Management meetings in Montreal.

The award is given every two years to "scholars who have taken a leadership role in the field of OMT by opening up new lines of thinking or inquiry. A trailblazer is a boundary spanner and a conversation starter, someone who extends and builds the OMT community by shepherding new ideas and new scholarship, often in unconventional ways."

The Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS), established in 2002, is a community of scholars devoted to energizing and transforming organizations through research on the theory and practice of positive organizing and leadership.

Its key activities include:

  • Creating and testing new theories of positive organizational behavior and research instruments to measure positive organizational phenomena.
  • Developing and marketing POS educational cases and tools.
  • Disseminating POS ideas and intellectual products to scholars, students, corporations, nonprofits and communities.
  • Developing co-learning partnerships with select companies and nonprofit organizations.

In addition, POS faculty designed and developed the five-day “Positive Leadership” program, offered through Ross Executive Education. The program integrates cutting-edge research with practical frameworks, tools, and applications proven to save time and money, elevate employee motivation and engagement, and enhance team creativity. The next offering will be held on the Ross School campus Oct. 31-Nov. 5. Future dates include June 12-17, 2011, and Dec. 4-9, 2011. The POS faculty also design custom executive programs tailored to an organization's specific leadership needs.

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