Gretchen Spreitzer

Gretchen Spreitzer

  • Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professor of Business Administration
  • Professor of Management and Organizations
  • Faculty Director, Center for Positive Organizations
Education
  • PhD University of Michigan 1992
  • BS Miami University 1987

Contact Information

Phone
(734) 936-2835
Fax
(734) 936-6631
Email
Room
R4372
Research

Gretchen M. Spreitzer's research focuses on employee empowerment and leadership development, particularly within a context of organizational change and decline. Her most recent work is looking at positive deviance and how organizations enable employees to thrive. This work fits within a larger effort at Ross to develop a Scholarship of Positive Organizing (http://positiveorgs.bus.umich.edu/).


She is the co-author of several books including How to be a Positive Leader (2014) with Jane Dutton, Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship with Kim Cameron, The Leader's Change Handbook: An Essential Guide to Setting Direction and Taking Action (1999) with Jay Conger and Edward Lawler, The Future of Leadership: Speaking to the Next Generation (2001) with Warren Bennis and Thomas Cummings, and A Company of Leaders: Five Disciplines for Unleashing the Power in Your Workforce (2001) with Robert Quinn.

Executive Leadership
GRETCHEN M. SPREITZER

Gretchen Spreitzer is the Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professor of Business Administration at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan (RSB).  She joined the Michigan faculty in 2001 after spending nine years on the faculty at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.  She was also a Visiting Professor at the Australian School of Business in Sydney in 2008.

Her research focuses on employee empowerment and leadership development, particularly within a context of organizational change and decline.  Her most recent research is examining how organizations can enable thriving.  This is part of a new movement in the field of organizational behavior, known as Positive Organizational Scholarship (www.bus.umich.edu/positive).  

Based on extensive field research, she has authored many articles on contemporary issues in organizational behavior in leading journals such at the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, and the Journal of Applied Psychology. She is the co-author of seven books including:
•    How to Be a Positive Leader (2014) with Jane Dutton
•    The Best Teacher in You (2014) with Bob Quinn, Kate Heynoski and Michael Thomas.
•    The Oxford Handbooks of Positive Organizational Scholarship (2012) with Kim Cameron.
•    The Leader's Change Handbook:  An Essential  Guide to Setting Direction and Taking Action (1999) with Jay Conger and Edward Lawler,
•    The Future of Leadership:  Speaking to the Next Generation (2001) with Warren Bennis and Thomas Cummings,
•    A Company of Leaders:  Five Disciplines for Unleashing the Power in Your Workforce (2001) with Robert Quinn,

Gretchen has previously directed the Center for Positive Organizations and the Ross Leadership Initiative.  She teaches electives on Leading Organizational Change for MBAs and BBAs, and the Multidisciplinary Action Project (MAP) Program.  

Prior to her doctoral education, Gretchen worked with the management consulting group at Price Waterhouse's Government Services Office and with Partners for Livable Places, a not-for-profit urban planning firm in Washington, D.C.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Systems Analysis from Miami University (in Ohio) and completed her doctoral work at the Michigan Business School.  She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband, who is a public policy economist and two teenage daughters.

Featured Books

A Company of Leaders: Five Disciplines for Unleashing the Power in your Workforce

A Company of Leaders: Five Disciplines for Unleashing the Power in your Workforce
Gretchen Spreitzer and Robert E Quinn

To be successful in today's business environment, organizations need the knowledge, ideas, energy, and creativity of every employee. The best companies accomplish this by turning themselves into a company of leaders--an organization in which employees at every level take the initiative and act as though the business where their own. Gretchen M. Spreitzer and Robert E. Quinn draw on ten years of empirical research to show how employee empowerment can transform a...

Robert Quinn

How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact

How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact
Jane E Dutton (editor), and Gretchen Spreitzer (editor)

Positive leaders are able to dramatically expand their people’s—and their own—capacity for excellence. And they accomplish this without enormous expenditures or huge heroic gestures. Here leading scholars—including Adam Grant, author of the bestselling Give and Take; positive organizational scholarship movement cofounders Kim Cameron and Robert Quinn; and thirteen more—describe how this is being done at companies such as Wells Fargo,...

Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship
Kim S. Cameron (editor), and Gretchen M Spreitzer (editor)

Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) is an umbrella concept used to emphasize what elevates and what is inspiring to individuals and organizations by defining and improving on the challenging, broken, and needlessly difficult. POS focuses attention on the generative dynamics in organizations that lead to the development of human strength, foster resiliency in employees, enable healing and restoration, and cultivate extraordinary individual and organizational...

Kim Cameron

The Leader's Change Handbook: An Essential Guide to Setting Direction and Taking Action

The Leader's Change Handbook: An Essential Guide to Setting Direction and Taking Action
Jay A Conger (editor), Gretchen Spreitzer (editor), Edward E. Lawler III (editor)

In October of 1997, the nation's top business theorists and practitioners met at a conference cosponsored by USC's Leadership Institute and the Center for Effective Organizations. The group was challenged to present their most advanced ideas regarding leadership and change management. This guide is the stunning result of their collective efforts. Charged with fascinating case studies, action strategies, and unbeatable advice, The Leader's Change Handbook...

Sustainable Performance

Authors
Gretchen Spreitzer and Christine Porath
Published Date
04/2017

Source

Harvard Business Review Press
Pages: 
99-130
Happiness
Compillation

Sleep and Other Energy Management Mechanisms: The Engine for High Energy at Work.

Authors
Spreitzer, Gretchen; Fritz, Charlotte; Lam, Chak Fu.
Published Date
5/2016

Source

Oxford University Press
Pages: 
. 241-262
Sleep and Work
C. Barnes, J. Barling & D. Wagner

Enabling Thriving at Work.

Authors
Gretchen Spreitzer and Chris Porath
Published Date
05/2014

Source

San Francisco, CA: Barrett-Koehler.
How to be a Positive Leader
J. Dutton & G. Spreitzer

How to Be a Positive Leader: Insights and Future Possibilities.

Authors
Gretchen Spreitzer and Jane Dutton
Published Date
05/2014

Source

San Francisco, CA: Barrett-Koehler.
How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact.
J. Dutton & G. Spreitzer

An Invitation to Positive Leadership: How Small Actions Can Make Big Impact

Authors
Jane Dutton and Gretchen Spreitzer
Published Date
05/2014

Source

San Francisco, CA: Barrett-Koehler.
How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact.
J. Dutton & G. Spreitzer

Self-Determination as Nutriment for Thriving: Building an Integrative Model of Human Growth at Work

Authors
Spreitzer, G.M., and Porath, C.
Published Date
2014

Source

Oxford University Press
Oxford Handbook of Work Engagement, Motivation, and Self-Determination Theory
M. Gagne

Co-Creating The Classroom Experience To Transform Learning and Change Lives.

Authors
Quinn, R.E., Heynoski, K., Thomas, M., & Spreitzer, G.
Published Date
12/2014

Source

Emerald
Pages: 
22-54
Research in Organization Change and Development.
Abraham Shani

Positive Organizational Scholarship

Authors
Gretchen Spreitzer
Published Date
2013

Source

Thousand Oaks: Sage
Encyclopedia of Management Theory
E.H. Kessler

Using a Positive Organizational Scholarship Lens to Enrich Research on Work-Family Relationships

Authors
Gretchen Spreitzer
Published Date
2013

Source

Routledge
New Frontiers in Work and Family Research
J.G. Grzywacz and E. Demerouti

A Path Forward: Toward Progress in Becoming a Discipline

Authors
Spreitzer, G.M., & Cameron, K.
Published Date
2012

Source

Oxford University Press
Pages: 
1034-1048
Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship
K. Cameron and G. Spreitzer

A Review of Human Energy in Organizations: Implications for Positive Organizational Scholarship

Authors
Spreitzer, G.M., Lam, C.F., ad Quinn, R.
Published Date
2012

Source

Oxford University Press
Pages: 
155-167
Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship
K. Cameron and G. Spreitzer

Introduction to the handbook

Authors
Cameron, K.S., & Spreitzer, G.M.
Published Date
2012

Source

Oxford University Press
Pages: 
1-16
Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship
K. Cameron and G. Spreitzer

Destructive De-energizing Relationships: How Thriving Buffers their Effect on Performance.

Authors
Gerbasi, A., Porath, C., Parker, A., Spreitzer, G., & Cross,R.
Published Date
10/2015

Source

Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume: 
100
Issue: 
5
Pages: 
1423-1433

Should your company embrace coworking?

Authors
Spreitzer, G., Garrett, L., & Bacevice, P.
Published Date
10/2015

Source

Sloan Management Review
Volume: 
57
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
27-30
Authors
Spreitzer, G.., Garrett, L. & Bacevice, P.
Published Date
09/2015

Source

Harvard Business Review
Volume: 
93
Issue: 
9
Pages: 
20-23
Authors
Barnes, C., & Spreitzer, G.
Published Date
2015

Source

Sloan Management Review
Volume: 
56
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
19-21
Authors
Banaszak-Holl, J., Castle, N., Lin, M., & Spreitzer, G
Published Date
2013

Source

Healthcare Management Review
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
4
Pages: 
295-305
Authors
Scott DeRue, Gretchen Spreitzer, Brian Flanagan, Benjamin Allen
Published Date
2013

Source

European Business Review
Volume: 
0
Issue: 
0
Pages: 
0

Growing at Work: Employees' Interpretations of Progressive Self-Change in Organizations

Authors
Sonenshein, S., Grant, A., Dutton, J., Spreitzer, G., & Sutcliffe, K.
Published Date
2013

Source

Organization Science
Volume: 
24
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
552-570

Relationship Quality and Virtuousness: Emotional Carrying Capacity as a source of Individual and Team Resilience.

Authors
Stephens, J.P., Heaphy, E., Carmeli, A., Spreitzer, G., Dutton, J., & Bagozzi, R.
Published Date
2013

Source

Journal of Applied Behavioral Science
Volume: 
49
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
13-41

Applying a POS Lens to Bring out the Best in Organizations

Authors
Spreitzer, G., & Cameron, K.
Published Date
2012

Source

Organizational Dynamics
Volume: 
41
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
85-88

Building a Sustainable Model of Human Energy in Organizations: Exploring the Critical Role of Resources.

Authors
Quinn, R., Spreitzer, G.M., & Lam, C.F.
Published Date
2012

Source

Academy of Management Annals
Volume: 
6
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
337-396

Creating sustainable performance

Authors
Spreitzer, G. and Porath, C.
Published Date
2012

Source

Harvard Business Review
Volume: 
90
Issue: 
(1-2)
Pages: 
92-99

Helping students manage their energy: Taking Their Pulse with the Energy Audit

Authors
Spreitzer, G. & Grant, T.
Published Date
2012

Source

Journal of Management Education
Volume: 
36
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
239-263

Thriving at Work: Toward Its Measurement, Construct Validation, and Theoretical Refinement

Authors
Porath, C., Spreitzer, G., Gibson, C., & Stevens, F.
Published Date
2012

Source

Journal of Organizational Behavior
Volume: 
33
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
250-271

Toward human sustainability: How to enable more thriving at work?

Authors
Spreitzer, G., & Porath, C.
Published Date
2012

Source

Organizational Dynamics
Volume: 
41
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
155-162

Crafting Scholarly Life: Strategies for Creating Meaning in Academic Careers

Authors
Wellman, N., & Spreitzer, G.
Published Date
2011

Source

Journal of Organizational Behavior
Volume: 
32
Issue: 
6
Pages: 
927-931

It's the Little Things that Matter: An Examination of Knowledge Workers' Energy Management

Authors
Fritz, C., Lam, C.F., & Spreitzer, G.M.
Published Date
2011

Source

Academy of Management Perspectives
Volume: 
25
Issue: 
3
Pages: 
28

Downsizing the company without downsizing morale.

Authors
Aneil and Karen Mishra, Gretchen Spreitzer
Published Date
07/2009

Source

Sloan Management Review
Volume: 
50
Issue: 
3
Pages: 
39-44

How to be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact

Authors
Jane Dutton and Gretchen Spreitzer
Published Date
05/2014

Source

Berrett-Koehler
978-1626560284

The Best Teacher in You: Accelerating Learning and Changing Lives.

Authors
Robert Quinn, Katherine Heynoski, Michael Thomas, Gretchen Spreitzer
Published Date
06/2014

Source

San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
1626561788

Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

Authors
Cameron, K. and Spreitzer, G.
Published Date
2012

Source

Oxford University Press
Ross Thought In Action
Professor Gretchen Spreitzer shows how remote workers and freelancers create a sense of community and build relationships.

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