University of Michigan

Empowerment Research

Leadership Research

Positive Organizational Scholarship

Downsizing Research


Gretchen M. Spreitzer

Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professor of Business Administration

and Professor of Management & Organizations

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 (


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, A Company of Leaders: Five Disciplines for Unleashing the Power in Your Workforce (2001) with Robert Quinn.


Management & Organizations Department

Center for Positive Organizations





Gretchen M. Spreitzer

Stephen M. Ross School of Business

701 Tappan Street, Room R4372

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234


P: 734.936.2835

F: 734.936.6631


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