Jane E. Dutton                                                   

Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor Emerita 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:

"What to Do When a Personal Crisis Is Hurting Your Professional Life," Harvard Business Review, November 16, 2017


"Forming Stronger Bonds with People at Work," Harvard Business Review, October 2017


"The Benefits of Saying NIce Things About Your Colleagues," Harvard Business Review, August 2017


"The Business Case for Compassion," Ross Thought and Action, February 2017


"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


Awakening Compassion at Work Monica Worline and Jane Dutton (Eds.) Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2017


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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 and teaching focus understanding how on foster human flourishing at work. She sees a critical connection between understanding theories of flourishing at work and the importance of building and changing work organizations for the better. Her current research and writing focus on compassion at work, high quality connections, positive identities and their roles in human flourishing. In 2002, she cofounded the Center for Positive Organizations at the Ross School of Business and has played various leadership roles in the Center since its inception. Her past research 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. She has been honored to receive the Distinguished Scholar Award from multiple divisions of the Academy of Management as well as the Distinguished Scholarly Achievement Award from the Academy. Her co-authored research has won the Administrative Science Quarterly Award for Scholarly Contribution, the Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management Journal and the Breaking the Frame Award from the Journal of Management Inquiry.


Jane E. Dutton

Stephen M. Ross School of Business

701 Tappan Street, Room R4356

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234


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E: janedut@umich.edu


Curriculum Vita

Ross School of Business