Kim Cameron

Kim Cameron

  • William Russell Kelly Professor of Management and Organizations
Education
  • PhD Yale University 1978
  • MA Yale University 1976
  • MS Brigham Young University 1971
  • BS Brigham Young University 1970

Contact Information

Phone
(734) 615-5247
Fax
(734) 615-4323
Email
Room
R4360
Research

Kim Cameron is William Russell Kelly Professor of Management and Organizations in the Ross School of Business and Professor of Higher Education in the School of Education.    His past research on organizational virtuousness, downsizing, effectiveness, corporate quality culture, and the development of leadership excellence has been published in more than 130 academic articles and 15 scholarly books. His current research focuses on virtuousness in and of organizations--such as forgiveness, gratitude, kindness, and compassion--and their relationship to performance.  He is one of the co-founders of the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan and has served as Dean at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, Associate Dean in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University, and Associate Dean and department chair at the University of Michigan.  He was recognized as among the top ten organizational scholars in the world whose work has been most frequently downloaded on Google.

Positive Organizational Scholarship web site: www.bus.umich.edu/Positive

Executive Leadership
Professor Cameron is the William Russell Kelly Professor of Management and Organizations at the Ross School of Business as well as Professor of Higher Education in the School of Education, both at the University of Michigan. Past assignments include serving as Associate Dean of Executive Education for the Ross School, serving as Dean and Albert J. Weatherhead Professor of Management in the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, and Associate Dean and Ford Motor Company/Richard E. Cook Professor in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. He has also served as a department chair at the University of Michigan, and served on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Ricks College. He organized and directed the Organizational Studies Division of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems in Boulder, Colorado.

Dr. Cameron helped co-found the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship at the University of Michigan, which in 2012 was awarded the Research Center Impact Award by the Academy of Management.  This award recognizes researchers/ research centers that have made a major impact on real world management practice.

Dr. Cameron's past research on organizational virtuousness, downsizing, effectiveness, quality culture, and the development of leadership excellence has been published in more than 120 academic articles and 15 scholarly books.  He was recently recognized as being among the top 10 scholars in the organizational sciences whose work has been most frequently downloaded from Google.  His current research focuses on the virtuousness of and in organizations, and their relationships to organizational success.
 
Dr. Cameron received BS and MS degrees from Brigham Young University and MA and PhD degrees from Yale University.  He served on the National Research Council, was president of Bay Asset Funding Corporation, and was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar.  He is a graduate of Leadership Cleveland, Class of 2000 and a recipient of the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society's Outstanding Educator Award.  He currently consults with a variety of business, government, and educational organizations in North America, South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe.

Featured Books

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...

Gretchen Spreitzer

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...

Robert Quinn

Developing Management Skills

Developing Management Skills
David Whetten and Kim Cameron

With an emphasis on self-assessments, Developing Management Skills gets readers involved in the learning experience, helping them connect the theories to their own lives. Further, this text focuses on developing the ten essential skills needed for success and gives readers tangible goals to work towards.

Diagnosing and Changing Organizational Culture

Diagnosing and Changing Organizational Culture
Kim Cameron and Robert Quinn

This key resource provides a means of understanding and changing organizational culture in order to make organizations more effective. It provides validated instruments for diagnosing organizational culture and management competency; a theoretical framework (competing values) for understanding organizational culture; and a systematic strategy and methodology for changing organizational culture and personal behavior.

Positive Leadership - Revised Edition

Positive Leadership - Revised Edition
Kim Cameron

Leadership should be about much more than hitting targets and avoiding mistakes. Kim Cameron shows how to reach beyond ordinary success to achieve extraordinary effectiveness, spectacular results, and what he calls "positively deviant performance"—performance far above the norm.

Positive Leadership enables thriving and flourishing rather than simply addressing obstacles and impediments. It helps bring out the best in human nature. Cameron is...

Practicing Positive Leadership

Practicing Positive Leadership
Kim Cameron

Over a decade ago, Kim Cameron and some colleagues decided that rather than analyze what went terribly wrong with organizations and how to prevent it, they would look at what went extraordinarily right and how to replicate it. This was the birth of positive organizational scholarship, a new field that focused on what they called “positive deviance”—outcomes that far exceeded normal success. In his previous book Positive Leadership,...

Cross-cultural research and positive organizational scholarship

Authors
Cameron, K.S.
Published Date
2017

Source

Cross Cultural and Strategic Management Journal
Volume: 
24
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
13-32

Emphasizing the positive: Forming a strategic identity for the Ross School of Business

Authors
Kim Cameron, Jane Dutton, Robert Quinn, Gretchen Spreitzer, and Jandi Kelly
Published Date
2016

Source

WDI Publishing
Volume: 
--
Issue: 
--
Pages: 
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Relational energy at work: Implications for job engagement and job performance.

Authors
Owens, B., Baker, W., Sumpter, D., and Cameron, K.
Published Date
2016

Source

Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume: 
101
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
35-49

Goal setting

Authors
Cameron, K.S.
Published Date
2015

Source

Personal Excellence
Volume: 
20
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
20-22

Key attributes of positive leaders

Authors
Cameron, K.S.
Published Date
2015

Source

Wheatley Institution Reports
Volume: 
4
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
-

Current issues in positive organizational scholarship.

Authors
Cameron, K.S.
Published Date
2014

Source

Advances in Positive Organizational Psychology
Volume: 
1
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
23-44

Ethics and Virtues as Stable Standards

Authors
Cameron, K.S.
Published Date
2014

Source

Wheatley Institution Report
Volume: 
07
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
-

On the bright side

Authors
Kim Cameron
Published Date
2014

Source

BizEd
Volume: 
8
Issue: 
3
Pages: 
26-27

Positive energizing leadership

Authors
Cameron, K.S.
Published Date
2014

Source

Wheatley Institution Report
Volume: 
12
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
-

Positive organizational change

Authors
Cameron, K.S. and McNaughtan, J.
Published Date
2014

Source

Journal of Applied Behavioral Science
Volume: 
50
Issue: 
4
Pages: 
445-462

What is Positive Organizational Scholarship

Authors
Cameron, K.S.
Published Date
2014

Source

Wheatley Institution Report
Volume: 
8
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
-

Applying a POS lens to bringing out the best in organizations

Authors
Gretchen Spreitzer and Kim Cameron
Published Date
2012

Source

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

Creating high performance organizations through positive leadership

Authors
Kim Cameron
Published Date
2012

Source

MDC Journal of Management
Volume: 
4
Issue: 
0
Pages: 
37-42

From weapons to wildlife: Positive organizing in practice

Authors
Marc Lavine and Kim Cameron
Published Date
2012

Source

Organizational Dynamics
Volume: 
41
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
135-145

Positive leadership in action: Applications of POS by Jim Mallozzi.

Authors
Kim Cameron and Emily Plews
Published Date
2012

Source

Organizational Dynamics
Volume: 
41
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
99-105

Virtuous performance

Authors
Kim Cameron
Published Date
2012

Source

Leadership Excellence
Volume: 
30
Issue: 
0
Pages: 
9-10

Effects of positive practices on organizational effectiveness

Authors
Kim Cameron, Carlos Mora, Trevor Leutscher, Margaret Calarco
Published Date
2011

Source

Journal of Applied Behavioral Science
Volume: 
47
Issue: 
0
Pages: 
266-308

Responsible leadership as virtuous leadership

Authors
Kim Cameron
Published Date
2011

Source

Journal of Business Ethics
Volume: 
98
Issue: 
S1
Pages: 
25-35

Enablers of positively deviant leadership

Authors
Kim Cameron
Published Date
2010

Source

Leadership Excellence
Volume: 
27
Issue: 
3
Pages: 
8-8

Five keys to flourishing in trying times

Authors
Kim Cameron
Published Date
2010

Source

Leader to Leader
Volume: 
55
Issue: 
0
Pages: 
45-51

Applying Positive Organisational Scholarship to Produce Extraordinary Performance

Authors
Cameron, K. and Kelly, J.
Published Date
2016

Source

New York: Springer
Pages: 
207-218
Positive Psychology Interventions in Practice
Proctor, C.

Positive change: What the field of POS offers OD practitioners.

Authors
Cameron, K.S. and Bright, D.
Published Date
2015

Source

San Francisco: Jossey Bass
Pages: 
397-410
Practicing Organizational Development, 4th edition
Rothwell, W.J., Sullivan, R.L., Stavros, J. M., and Sullivan, A.

Activate Virtuousness

Authors
Kim Cameron
Published Date
2014

Source

San Francisco: Berrett Koehler
Pages: 
79-89
How to Be a Positive Leader
Dutton, J.E. and Spreitzer, G.M.

Advances in positive organizational scholarship

Authors
Kim Cameron
Published Date
2013

Source

Bingley, UK: Emerald
Pages: 
23-44
Advances on Positive Organizational Psychology
Bakker, A.B.

The competing values framework

Authors
Kim Cameron
Published Date
2013

Source

Sage
Encyclopedia of Management Theory
Eric Kessler

Organizational effectiveness

Authors
Kim Cameron
Published Date
2013

Source

Sage
Encyclopedia of Management Theory
Eric Kessler

Positive organizational scholarship

Authors
Kim Cameron
Published Date
2013

Source

London: Sage
Pages: 
591-594
Handbook of Management Theory
Eric Kessler

An introduction to happiness in organizations

Authors
Arran Caza and Kim Cameron
Published Date
2013

Source

Oxford University Press
Oxford Handbook of Happiness
Amanda Conley, Susan David, Ilona Boniwell

Virtuousness as a source of happiness in organizations

Authors
Kim Cameron and Arran Caza
Published Date
2013

Source

Oxford University Press
Oxford Handbook of Happiness
Amanda Conley, Susan David, Ilona Boniwell

Cinq cles pour prosperer em periode de crise

Authors
Kim Cameron
Published Date
2013

Source

Brussels: de Boeck
Pages: 
369-378
Psychologie Positive en Envirvironment Professionnel
Martin-Krumm, C., Tarquinio, C., and Shaar, M.J

What is positive about positive organizational scholarship?

Authors
Kim Cameron and Gretchen Spreitzer
Published Date
2011

Source

Oxford University Press
Pages: 
1-16
Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship
Kim Cameron and Gretchen Spreitzer

A path forward: Assessing progress and exploring core questions for the future of positive organizational scholarship

Authors
Gretchen Spreitzer and Kim Cameron
Published Date
2011

Source

Oxford University Press
Pages: 
1034-1048
Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship
Kim Cameron and Gretchen Spreitzer

The effects of virtuous leadership on organizational performance

Authors
Kim Cameron
Published Date
2010

Source

Sage
Applied Positive Psychology
Stewart Donaldson

Introduction to organizational effectiveness

Authors
Kim Cameron
Published Date
2010

Source

Edward Elgar
Pages: 
13-28
Organizational Effectiveness
Kim Cameron

Virtuousness in organizations

Authors
Kim Cameron
Published Date
2010

Source

Oxford University Press
Pages: 
231-243
Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship
Kim Cameron and Gretchen Spreitzer

Positive organizational change: What the field of positive organizational scholarship offers OD practitioners

Authors
David Bright & Kim Cameron
Published Date
2009

Source

Jossey Bass
Practicing Organizational Development
William J. Rothwell, Roland L. Sullivan, Jacqueline M. Stavros, Arielle Sullivan

Competing Values Leadership

Authors
Kim Cameron, Robert Quinn, Jeff DeGraff, Anjan Thakor
Published Date
2014

Source

Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar

Positive Leadership - Revised Edition

Authors
Kim Cameron
Published Date
2013

Source

Berrett Koehler
9781576756027

Practicing Positive Leadership

Authors
Kim Cameron
Published Date
2013

Source

Berrett Koehler

Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

Authors
Kim Cameron and Gretchen Spreitzer
Published Date
2012

Source

Oxford University Press
9780199734610

Developing Management Skills

Authors
David Whetten and Kim Cameron
Published Date
2011

Source

Prentice Hall
9780136121008

Diagnosing and Changing Organizational Culture

Authors
Kim Cameron and Robert Quinn
Published Date
2011

Source

Jossey Bass
9780470650264

Organizational Effectiveness

Authors
Kim Cameron
Published Date
2010

Source

Edward Elgar
9781848441903
Ross Thought In Action
Professors Kim Cameron and Wayne Baker measure relational energy and show how it’s critical for performance and well-being.

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