Positive Business Conference Set for May 2014 at U-M Ross


Yes, there is such a thing as positive business. Business can, and should, be a force for good. That's the thinking behind the Ross mission of developing leaders who make a positive difference in the world.  U-M Ross has led the field of positive organizational studies for decades. Now the school is set to share that knowledge and showcase executives who are putting it to practice at the first-ever Positive Business Conference.

11.18.13The event will be held at Ross May 15-17, 2014, and will share the latest trends, research, and results in positive business, a burgeoning management field. Executives from Whole Foods Market, Procter & Gamble, and Ford Motor Company will outline how positive business strategies are impacting employees and profits—both for the better.

Think this may sound a little on the soft side for a business school? Think again. Research shows that positive business can have a big impact on the bottom line. U-M Ross Professor Gretchen Spreitzer found that people who thrive at work demonstrated 16 percent better overall performance (as reported by managers) and 125 percent less burnout (self-reported) than peers. These employees were also 32 percent more committed to the organization and reported 46 percent more job satisfaction.  

Check out this announcement for more details on the conference and how to register.

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