Gretchen Spreitzer Research Seminar

Sponsored by: Organizational Behavior

Speaker(s): Gretchen Spreitzer

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 27 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Research Seminar - Gretchen Spreitzer

TITLE: How Coworking Spaces Enable Thriving at Work:

Insights from the New World of Work

 

ABSTRACT:

 

Gretchen Spreitzer (with Lyndon Garrett and Peter Bacevice)

 

The world of work is going through dramatic changes as more individuals are independent workers or employees who work virtually away from a corporate office.  We see more gig work in a freelance economy.  But what are the implications for workers in this new economy. Sure there are benefits to these more flexible work arrangements but there are also costs.  Workers who work primarily from home or a nearby coffee shop often report feeling lonely and isolated from the social aspects of work life.  In this talk, we explore the phenomenon of coworking spaces.  These are membership-based work spaces that provide a share working environment, a cool design with open tables and quiet work spaces, and a variety of amenities.  The most important reason why workers choose to cowork is their need for a work community. In a series of studies, my colleagues and I explore how and why coworking spaces provide a work environment for independent and remote workers to thrive.

Gretchen M. Spreitzer
Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professor
of Business Administration
Professor of Management & Organization

Gretchen'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.
734.936.2835     spreitze@umich.edu
Stephen M. Ross School of Business
at the University of Michigan
701 Tappan Street, Room R4372
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-1234

Location
PBL room 118
11119 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235
United States


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