Jane Dutton

Jane Dutton

  • Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Business Administration and Psychology
Education
  • PhD Northwestern University 1983
  • MA Northwestern University 1981
  • BA Colby College 1974

Contact Information

Phone
(734) 764-1376
Fax
(734) 936-6631
Email
Room
R4356
Research

Jane Dutton's research and expertise lies at the intersection of strategy, management and organizations, and psychology. After receiving her Ph.D. from Northwestern, she was on the strategy faculty of New York University for six years. Since 1989, when she joined the University of Michigan faculty, she has enjoyed a joint appointment between the Management and Organizations department at the Ross School and the Department of Psychology.

Jane's research is focused on processes that build capabilities and strengths of employees in organizations. In particular, she examines how high quality connections and identity processes increase employees' and organizations' capabilities. Her research has explored compassion and organizations, resilience and organizations, as well as energy and organizations  This research stream is part of positive organizational scholarship, a sub-field of management and organizations that Jane, along with Bob Quinn and Kim Cameron, established in 2001.  In 2002, they founded the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship, now known as the Center for Positive Organizations .  Her past research has explored processes of organizational adaptation, focusing on how strategic issues are interpreted and managed in organizations, as well as issues of organizational identity and change.

Jane has published over 100 articles and book chapters, edited 13 books and written a book for managers called Energize your Workplace: How to Build and Sustain High Quality Connections at Work (Jossey-Bass Publishers). She just completed coediting a new book with Gretchen Spreitzer called How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, BIg Impact (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, June 2014). She also recently co-edited a book with Karen Golden-Biddle: Using a Positive Lens to Explore Social Change and Organizations: Building A Theoretical and Research Foundation (2012). This book is part of a series of edited books on Positive Organizational Scholarship that unpacks how looking at a core construct in organizational studies from a positive lens opens up new theoretical and research possibilities. As part of this series, Laura Morgan Roberts and Jane co-edited Exploring Positive Identity and Organizations: Building a Theoretical and Research Foundation (Psychology Press/Routledge). The first book in the series was completed with Belle Ragins and is called Exploring Positive Relationships at Work: Building a Theoretical and Research Foundation (Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers, 2007). She co-edited the first book on Positive Organizational Scholarship with Kim Cameron and Bob Quinn (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2003). Her research papers have won both the Best Paper Award for the Academy of Management Journal, the Administrative Science Quarterly Award for Scholarly Contribution, and the Breaking the Frame Award for the Journal of Management Inquiry.

She 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.

Jane consults and works with a variety of organizations. For 10 years she served as co-director of ICOS (Interdisciplinary Committee of Organizational Studies), which is the largest interdisciplinary community of organizational scholars at any university. She serves on the Board of

Executive Leadership
Professor Jane Dutton is a world expert in the field of Positive Organizational Scholarship. Dr. Dutton co-founded the Center for Positive Organizations at the Ross School of Business in 2002.  She is the only Distinguished University Professor on the faculty at Ross which is the highest award given to a faculty member at the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D in Organizational Behavior from Northwestern and served on the strategy faculty at New York University before joining Ross and the Psychology department. She has won teaching awards at each university where she has been on the faculty and has won the top research awards at both Ross and in her field of Management and Organizational Behavior.

Dutton's research and teaching sit at the interaction of strategy, management and psychology. She has received tenure in all three fields. Her research focuses on processes that build capabilities and strengths of employees in organizations. In particular, she examines how high quality connections and identity processes increase employees' and organizations' capabilities. Her research has explored compassion and organizations, resilience and organizations, as well as energy and organizations. Her research on compassion, on job crafting, and  on positive identities has appeared in the Harvard Business Review (HBR), representing 3 of the over 100 articles she has published in refereed journals.  She has published 13 books, two focused directly on managers including her most recent book with Gretchen Spreitzer, How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact.   Dutton consults and works with a variety of organizations. For 10 years she served as co-director of ICOS (Interdisciplinary Committee of Organizational Studies), which is the largest interdisciplinary community of organizational scholars at any university. She serves on the Board of Directors for Kelly Services. She has also worked with over 160 for-profit and not-for-profit organizations as a faculty coach with teams of MBA students doing consulting on strategy, marketing and leadership projects.

Featured Books

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,...

Positive Organizational Scholarship

Positive Organizational Scholarship
Jane E. Dutton (editor), Robert E. Quinn (editor), and Kim Cameron (editor)

In helping establish a new field of study in the organizational sciences, POS, this book examines a variety of positive dynamics in businesses and organizations that give rise to extraordinary outcomes. Positive Organizational Scholarship does not adopt one particular theory or framework, but encompasses any phenomenon that leads to positive, nurturing results. This collection of essays, written by established senior scholars, explains why and how these commonsense...

Energize Your Workplace: How to Create and Sustain High-Quality Connections at Work

Energize Your Workplace: How to Create and Sustain High-Quality Connections at Work
Jane E. Dutton

Corrosive work relationships are like black holes that swallow up energy that people need to do their jobs. In contrast, high-quality relationships generate and sustain energy, equipping people to do work and do it well. Grounded in solid research, this book uses energy as a measurement to describe the power of positive and negative connections in people's experience at work.

Author Jane Dutton provides three pathways for turning negative connections into...

Respect as an engine of new ideas: Linking respectful engagement, relational information processing, and creativity among employees and teams

Authors
Carmeli, A. J. Dutton and A. Hardin
Published Date
01/2015

Source

Human Relations
Volume: 
01
Issue: 
01
Pages: 
7-37

It Is Not Easy Being Green: Self-Evaluations and Their Role in Explaining the Support of Environmental Issues.

Authors
Sonenshein, S., DeCelles, K and J. Dutton
Published Date
02/2014

Source

Academy of Management Journal
Volume: 
57
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
7-37

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

Authors
Scott Sonenshein, Jane Dutton, Adam Grant, Gretchen Spreitzer and Kathie Sutcliffe
Published Date
03/2013

Source

Organization Science
Volume: 
24
Issue: 
3
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 and Dutton
Published Date
04/2013

Source

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

Beneficiary or Benefactor: The Effects of Reflecting about Receiving versus Giving on Prosocial Behavior, Psychological Science,

Authors
Adam Grant and Jane Dutton
Published Date
10/2012

Source

Psychological Science
Volume: 
23
Issue: 
10
Pages: 
1033-1039

Care and Compassion Through an Organizational Lens: Opening up New Possibilities

Authors
Rynes, S., Bartunek, J. Dutton. J. and Margolis, J.
Published Date
10/2012

Source

Academy of Management Review
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
4
Pages: 
403-423

Compassion as a Generative Force

Authors
Jane Dutton and Kristina Workman
Published Date
03/2012

Source

Journal of Management Inquiry
Volume: 
20
Issue: 
4
Pages: 
402-406

Understanding Compassion Capability

Authors
Lilius, J. M. Worline, J. Dutton, J. Kanov, and S. Maitlis.
Published Date
07/2011

Source

Human Relations
Volume: 
64
Issue: 
7
Pages: 
873-891

Pathways to Positive Identity Construction at Work: Four Types of Positive Identity and the Building of Social Resources

Authors
Jane Dutton, Laura Morgan Roberts, Jeffrey Bednar
Published Date
2010

Source

Academy of Management Review
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
265-293

Perceiving and Responding to Challenges in Job Crafting at Different Ranks: When Proactivity Requires Adpativity

Authors
J.M. Berg, Amy Wrzesniewski and J. Dutton
Published Date
2010

Source

Journal of Organizational Behavior
Volume: 
31
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
158-186

Turn the Job You Have into the Job You Want

Authors
Amy Wrzesniewski, J. Berg and J.Dutton
Published Date
2010

Source

Harvard Business Review
Volume: 
88
Issue: 
6
Pages: 
114-117

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

Authors
J. Dutton and G. Spreitzer
Published Date
06/2014

Source

San Francisco, Berrett-Koehler

Using a Positive Lens to Explore Social Change and Organizations: Building a Theoretical and Research Foundation

Authors
Karen Golden-Biddle and Jane Dutton
Published Date
03/2012

Source

Psychology Press/ Routledge

Research Alive: Exploring Generative Moments in Doing Qualitative Research

Authors
Arne Carlsen and J. Dutton
Published Date
2011

Source

Copenhagen Business Press

Compassion at Work

Authors
Dutton, J., Workman, K. and Hardin, J.
Published Date
03/2014

Source

New York: Annual Reviewa
Pages: 
277 -304
Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior
F. Morgusen, S. Ashford and H, Aquinas

Epilogue and Looking Forward

Authors
Spreitzer, G and J. Dutton
Published Date
06/2014

Source

San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler
Pages: 
169-180
How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions : Big Impact
J. Dutton and G. Spreitzer

Invitation

Authors
J. Dutton and G. Spreitzer
Published Date
06/2014

Source

San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler
Pages: 
1-15
How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions : Big Impct
J. Dutton and G. Spreitzer

Build High Quality Connections

Authors
Dutton, J.
Published Date
06/2014

Source

San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler
Pages: 
16-30
How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact
Dutton, J. and G. Spreitzer

Job Crafting and Cultivating Positive Meaning and Identity in Work.

Authors
A,. Wrzesneiwski, N. Bugliglo, Jane Dutton and J. Berg
Published Date
2013

Source

Emerald Publishers
Pages: 
281-302
Advances in Positive Organizational Psychology
A. Bakker

Introduction: Applying a Positive Lens to Social Change and Organizations

Authors
Jane Dutton, Karen Gollden-Biddle and Elana Feldman
Published Date
03/2012

Source

Psychology Press/Routledge
Introduction: Applying a Positive Lens to Social Change and Organizations: Introduction and Invitation. In Using a Positive Lens to Explore Social Change and Organizations: Building a Theoretical and Research Foundation.
K Golden-Biddle and J. Dutton

The Response: What Does this Book Contribute to the Understanding of Social Change and Organizations?

Authors
Karen Golden-Biddlle, Jane Dutton and Elana Feldman
Published Date
03/2012

Source

Psychology Press/Routledge
Using a Positive Lens to Explore Social Change and Organizations: Building a Theoretical and Research Foundation
Karen Golden-Biddle and Jane Dutton

High quality Connections

Authors
J.P. Stephens, Emily Heaphy and J. Dutton
Published Date
2011

Source

Oxford University Press
Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship
Kim Cameron, Gretchen Spreitzer

Compassion Revealed: What We Know about Compassion at Work

Authors
Jacoba Lilius, Jason Kanov, J. Dutton. S. Matilis and Monica Worline
Published Date
2011

Source

Oxford University Press
Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship
Kim Cameron, Gretchen Spreitzer

Seeing, Feeling, Daring, Interrelating and Playing: Exploring Themes in Generative Moments

Authors
Jane Dutton, Arne Carlsen
Published Date
2011

Source

Copenhagen Business Press
Research Alive: Exploring Generative Moments in Doing Qualitative Research
Jane Dutton, Arne Carlsen

Come Alive!

Authors
Jane Dutton, Arne Carlsen
Published Date
2011

Source

Copenhagen Business Press
Research Alive: Exploring Generative Moments in Doing Qualitative Research
Arne Carlsen, Jane Dutton

The Call for Generativity

Authors
Arne Carlsen and J. Dutton
Published Date
2011

Source

Copenhagen Business Press
Research Alive: Exploring Generative Moments in Doing Qualitative Research
Arne Carlsen, Jane Dutton

Prosocial Practices, Positive Identity, and Flourishing at Work

Authors
Jane Dutton, Laura Morgan Roberts, Jeffrey Bednar
Published Date
2010

Source

Routledge
Applying the Science of Positive Psychology to Improve Society
S. Donaldson
Ross Thought In Action
In their new book, Professors Jane Dutton and Monica Worline show why companies should care about caring.

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