Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Business Administration and Psychology | University of Michigan
Jane Dutton’s research on Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) began with an interest in high-quality connections and the difference they make for individuals and organizations. Her research has expanded to focus on the power of compassion, job crafting, and positive identities in contributing to thriving workplaces. Her first book on high-quality connections was called Energize Your Workplace, a book for managers that is based on building positive relationships as both a competitive strategy and as a means for promoting employee health and well-being. Since then she has co-authored lots of research on high-quality connections and the difference they make. She is currently working on a second book with this focus called Designing for High-Quality Connections. In addition, Jane and Gretchen Spreitzer edited a book that covers a variety of topics in POS called How to Be A Positive Leader (Berrett-Koehler, 2014), designed to bring together top researchers focused on how to make POS practical for all leaders.