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Dennis Bakke
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EVENT: Find Joy at Work: New Book Shows How

3/15/2005 --

Dennis Bakke says leaders should restrain use of power, giving subordinates more control.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Dennis Bakke, author of "Joy at Work: A Revolutionary Approach to Fun on the Job," will speak at 5 p.m. March 21 at Hale Auditorium at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

The event is sponsored by the Ross School's General Management Club and will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing.

Bakke will discuss his book and two of his passions—to create the most fun workplace in human history and teach the world the real purpose of large organizations, including businesses.

"Joy at Work" is the story of Bakke's former company, AES Corp., whose business model and operating ethos, "Let's have fun," were conceived during a 90-minute car ride from Annapolis, Md., to Washington, D.C. In the next two decades, it became a worldwide energy giant with 40,000 employees in 31 countries and revenues of $8.6 billion.

He will describe his journey to create a workplace where people can use their ability to reason, make important decisions and hold themselves responsible for the results in an effort to help their organizations serve the world in an economically sustainable manner.

Bakke was raised in Saxon, Wash., and graduated from the University of Puget Sound, Harvard Business School and the National War College. He is currently president and CEO of Imagine Schools, a company that operates elementary and secondary charter schools in 10 states. He co-founded AES in 1981 and served as its president and CEO from 1994-2002.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about Bakke or his book, please visit

For more information, contact:
Heather Thorne
Phone: (734) 936-8421