Robert Quinn

Robert Quinn

Emeritus Professor of Management & Organizations, The University of Michigan

Robert E. Quinn is the Margaret Elliot Tracy Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. His research and writing focuses on purpose, leadership, culture and change. He is one of the co-founders and of the field of Positive Organizational Scholarship and a cofounder of the Center for Positive Organizations. He is in the top 1% of professors cited in organizational behavior textbooks and has published 18 books. Quinn is particularly known for his work on the competing values framework, which has been used by thousands of organizations and his paper, “Moments of Greatness: Entering the Fundamental State of Leadership”, was selected by the Harvard Business Review as one of the ten “Must Reads On Managing Yourself”. As a speaker Quinn adapts to the needs of the audience in real-time. He has one of the highest rates of repeat invitations in the speaking industry. His recent talk to Google on the subject of purpose went viral and has been viewed by over 15 million people. The University of Michigan and CorpU recently partnered with him to create a unique digital course to turn every employee in to a positive leader in the organization.

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Most organizations today have a defined purpose. And you can bet each one has been carefully crafted to elicit specific emotions and motivate employees to carry out that mission with pride and enthusiasm. But we have an issue. Employees aren’t buying it. That’s right. The very people hired to bring your purpose to life, likely […]

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