Faculty in Business Communications; Consortium Faculty Director and Core Faculty, Center for Positive Organizations | University of Michigan
Amy Young is on the Business Communications faculty at Michigan Ross and is Consortium Faculty Director and Core Faculty at the Center for Positive Organizations. She received her PhD in psychology from the University of Michigan. Professor Young teaches positive business communications at Michigan Ross and provides students with tangible communicative strategies to build and expand human capabilities and well-being within the organizational context.
Her research and scholarly work focus on the beliefs and behaviors that enhance performance at the individual and organizational levels. She has over 50 publications and commonly presents her research at conferences throughout the US and abroad. In her most recent book, Thinkbanking & Corporate Webbing, she explores the use of digital technology as a means of building employees’ connections to each other and a larger organizational purpose.
In addition to her work within the university, Young enjoys using science to identify practical solutions for companies and organizations. She is the co-creator of The BluePrintTM Assessment Tools designed to measure beliefs at the leadership, organizational, and individual levels that are key for developing positive work environments. Based on the fields of positive psychology and organizational development, these tools are currently being used internationally to enhance employee well-being, organizational performance, and corporate value.
She has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies in the financial, manufacturing, consumer products, automotive, and health care industries and has consulted for companies such as Kellogg, Honeywell, PwC, Abbott Pharmaceuticals, UTC, AMEX, Unilever, and many others. Young is also a research advisor for the International Data Corporation (IDC) and The Pacific Institute (TPI).