Center for Positive Organizations (CPO)


The Center for Positive Organizations, based at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, is a world-class research center that brings transformational research to students and leaders through articles, books, events, tools, teaching, and organizational partnerships. Since 2002, the Center has been the hub of research on Positive Organizational Scholarship. Our domains of research are Positive Culture, Positive Ethics and Virtues, Positive Leadership, Positive Meaning and Purpose, Positive Practices, and Positive Relationships in an organizational setting. In 2010, The Academy of Management presented the Center for Positive Organizations with the Joanne Martin Trailblazer Award for opening up a new field of inquiry in management science. In 2012, The Academy presented the Center with the Research Center Impact Award in recognition of its extensive influence on management practices.


The mission of CPO  is to inspire and enable leaders to build high-performing organizations that bring out the best in people. The organization is a catalyst for the creation and growth of positive organizations.


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