Call for Abstracts: Alternative Research Methods, POS Research Conference

One of the topic tracks for the 7th Biennial POS Research Conference (June 23-June 24, 2015) will focus on Alternative Research Methods and may be of interest to RM Division members. The full Call for Abstracts, including submission instructions, is pasted below. Questions specifically about the Alternative Research Methods track can be directed to Andrew Knight (

We invite you to submit an abstract for the 2015 Positive Organizational Scholarship Research Conference presented by the Michigan Ross Center for Positive Organizations. The event will be held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida from June 23 at 4 PM – after dinner the evening of June 24.

The POS research conference is a biennnial event that features top scholars in the field of POS sharing and advancing qualitative and quantitative research. This year’s sessions will be geared toward building the next generation of POS research, following our theme: Illuminating Research for a Positive Future. Also new this year, the conference will be immediately preceding the IPPA Fourth World Congress on Positive Psychology from June 25-28, which includes a fairly new Work and Organizations division (for more information on IPPA, see

Opens: September 1, 2014
Closes: December 1, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: December 22, 2014

We invite you to submit a 1-page, single-space abstract for potential presentation. We ask that you classify your abstract in one of the 12 tracks below, to be curated by top scholars:

  • Alternative Research Methods with Andrew Knight
  • Energy & Thriving with Christine Porath
  • Individual and Collective Strengths with Lea Waters
  • Learning, Growth, and Resilience with Sally Maitlis
  • Mindfulness & Attention with Erik Dane
  • Positive Emotions with Barbara Fredrickson and Tanya Vacharkulksemsuk
  • Positive Change with Scott Sonenshein
  • Positive Meaning & Identity with Laura Morgan Roberts
  • Positive Relationships and Reciprocity with Emily Heaphy
  • Proactivity with Sharon Parker
  • Virtues, Ethics, & Prosocial Behavior with David Mayer
  • Wildcard session with a curator to be announced

Please submit abstracts to, including the names of all authors, by December 1.

For more information, visit or email the organizers at

We look forward to engaging presentations and discussions about POS-related research. Feel free to forward this message or the attached announcement to researchers (faculty, Ph.D students and postdocs ) who might be interested.

Conference Organizers: Sue Ashford (, Jane Dutton (, Ashley Hardin (, and Lyndon Garrett (