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.
He has published 18 books. His book, Deep Change is a long-term best seller and has been used across the planet. His book, The Best Teacher in You won the Ben Franklin Award designating it the best book in education. His latest book is The Positive Organization: Breaking Free of Conventional Cultures, Constraints and Beliefs. His next book will be The Economics of Higher Purpose: Eight Counter Intuitive Steps for Creating a Purpose Driven Organization. Quinn is particularly known for his work on the competing values framework which has been used by thousands of organizations. 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. In terms of teaching and speaking, Quinn is the recipient of multiple teaching awards.
As a speaker he 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.