Lyndon Garrett’s research focuses on a particularly profound question in management and organizations—“the challenge of humanizing the experience of work,” as he puts it.
Specifically, he examines how organizations cultivate positive relationships, which in turn can “make work and life more meaningful and energizing.” His pursuit of this question has taken him inside a variety of workplaces—ranging from hospital ICUs to sports teams and theatre casts—where he has interviewed and observed many in the course of their work. His findings have appeared with coauthors in influential management publications such as the MIT Sloan Management Review.
“I study relationships at work because relationships are what give my life meaning. And my relationships with students are central to what makes this work meaningful,” says Garrett, whose Ph.D. is from the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
“I passionately believe that it is essential to model the principles of positive organizing in the way the classroom is constructed,” he adds. “I try to use the classroom as a living laboratory to empower students to build exceptional teams and form high-quality connections. When students experience what it is like to form high-quality connections in the classroom, they carry this image with them into the workplace as a replicable model.”