Jane E. Dutton                                                   

Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Business Administration and Psychology


Areas of Expertise:

High-Quality Connections and Relationships at Work

Compassion and Organizations

Positive Organizational Scholarship

Issue Selling and Issue Management

Identity and Identification in Organizations

Job Crafting and the Meaning of Work

Related Connections:

Management and Organizations Department

Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship


Recent Media Coverage:

"Fall in Love with a Job You Don't Even Like" CNN, September 2016


"5 Surprising Reasons Compassion Is a Competitive Advantage" Huffington Post Blog, March 2016


"President Obama's right: Americans might be growing numb to mass shootings. Here's why." The Wall Street Journal, December, 2015


"What's the Secret of the Best Places to Work? Compassion and Connection," Success, October, 2015


"Unhappy at Work? Try Hacking Your Job," The Wall Street Journal, August, 2015


"Does Compassion Have Value At Work?," Video interview with Michelle McQuaid,
April 2015


"Creating High Quality Connections as a Pathway for Cultivating Purpose," People & Strategy, July 2014


"Why Finding Meaning At Work Is More Important Than Feeling Happy," Fast Company, June 26, 2014


"U-M Study: Positive Co-Worker Connections Bring Good Health," dbusiness, May 16, 2014


"Don't Love Your Job? Fix the Job You're In," Entrepreneur, April 3, 2014


"More Than Job Satisfaction," American Psychological Association, December 2013


"The Good Guys Win," Live Happy Magazine, November 18, 2013


"Why Your Boss Cares If You're Happy," Fast Company, September 16, 2013


"How To Turn The Job You Have Into The Job You Want," Fast Company, August 13, 2013


How To Be A Positive Leader.  Jane E. Dutton and Gretchen M. Spreitzer (Eds.) Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2014


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Jane Dutton's research focuses on how organizational conditions strengthen capabilities of individuals and firms.  In particular, she examines how high quality connections, positive meaning and emotions contribute to individual and organizational strengths. 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 (http://positiveorgs.bus.umich.edu/).  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 E. Dutton

Stephen M. Ross School of Business

701 Tappan Street, Room R4356

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234


P: 734.764.1376

F: 734.936.6631

E: janedut@umich.edu


Curriculum Vita

Ross School of Business