Monica Worline

Faculty Director, Center for Positive Organizations, Faculty, Organizations and Management, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Monica C. Worline, PhD, is the Faculty Director of the Center for Positive Organizations and a faculty member in the Organizations and Management group at Michigan Ross. As a member of the Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) community for over two decades, Monica has dedicated her research, writing, and teaching to understanding how we can cultivate more courageous thinking, compassionate leadership, and forms of organizing that bring people’s best work to life. Monica is a leading voice in advancing integrative models that synthesize work across POS, supporting leaders and changemakers to build organizations that–from the ground up and the top down–are designed to thrive. Her current research focuses on a powerful social architecture framework for designing flexible structures and architecting the capability for human and social thriving into organizations so they can reliably and strategically produce excellence grounded in extraordinary human well-being.

Monica co-authored the book Awakening Compassion at Work: The Quiet Power that Elevates People and Organizations with Jane Dutton and she leads the CompassionLab, a global research collaboratory focused on compassion in organizations. Her research has been published in academic journals such as Administrative Science QuarterlyOrganization Science, and Strategic Organization. An award-winning teacher, Monica has written about innovations in management education in Academy of Management Learning and Education and Management Learning, and she regularly features in media, podcasts, and events where she is passionate about inviting people to learn more about this transformational field and become architects of their own thriving organizations.

Monica has previously served as associate director and research scientist at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, where she continues to teach as a visiting faculty member in the Applied Compassion Training Program. Monica has also served on the faculties of Goizueta Business School at Emory University, the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California Irvine, and the UC Irvine School of Social Ecology. Monica completed her doctoral work in organizational psychology at the University of Michigan and earned her BA with distinction and honors at Stanford University.

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