Jane Dutton Named Favorite Professor by Poets & Quants

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Jane Dutton, long known around Ross as a favorite professor, has had the title formally bestowed upon her by Poets & Quants, which has dubbed her Favorite Professor of the Class of 2017.

“She teaches positive business not only through course material, but also through exemplifying the work in her teaching style,” said Lindsey Hirt, BBA ‘17. “Her compassion and care for the students, as well as passion for the field of study as a founder of Positive Organizational Scholarship, was extremely engaging and motivating.”

Dutton, the Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Business Administration and Psychology, joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1989. She worked along with Robert Quinn and Kim Cameron to establish positive organizational scholarship, a sub-field of management and organizations, in 2001, and the Center for Positive Organizations in 2002. She retired last year, but is still active at the Center and Ross.

She has published over 100 articles and book chapters, edited 13 books, and written books of her own: Energize Your Workplace: How to Create and Sustain High-Quality Connections at Work, as well as Awakening Compassion at Work: The Quiet Power that Elevates People and Organizations with Monica Worline.

Dutton has been awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award for the Organization and Management Theory Division, the Organization Development and Change Division, and the Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division of the Academy of Management. At the Ross School of Business she has earned the Senior Scholar Award and Researcher of the Year. In 2012 she was awarded the Scholarly Contributions Award for the Academy of Management. In 2007, she was honored with a Distinguished University Professorship and named it after one of her academic heroes, Robert L. Kahn.