Contributors to the Field
While POS scholars reside around the world,
the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship is housed at the Ross School of
Business. A number of preeminent scholars at Michigan conduct POS
- Wayne Baker studies how
positive energy is created, transferred, and destroyed in social
networks, as well as its potential effects on outcome variables
such as performance and satisfaction. He was named director of the center in late 2004 and joins Kim Cameron, Jane Dutton, Barb Fredrickson, Bob Quinn and Gretchen Spreitzer as the core faculty.
- Kim Cameron studies the
relationship between organizational virtuousness and performance
and identifies the factors that explain why such organizations
perform in spectacular ways.
- Barbara Frederickson (LS&A
Psychology) focuses her research on the short- and long-term
impact of positive emotions on individuals and organzations.
- Jane Dutton investigates the effects of high-quality connections
at work, the causes and effects of compassion, and the
conditions that enable human thriving.
- Bob Quinn has developed
the construct of the fundamental state of leadership and its
effects on the processes of positive personal and organizational
- Gretchen Spreitzer has developed a research program
centered around how organizations can create positive and
energizing work environments. Her research focuses on how to
empower people, create hope and enable thriving at work.
- Kathie Sutcliffe seeks to understand the fundamental mechanisms
of organizational resilience and human thriving.
For a list of additional contributors to the field of POS,
Back to the POS Special Report