This is the first of a three-part case that describes the reaction and attitudes demonstrated by B. Joseph White upon hearing that he was not chosen to be president of the University of Michigan in May of 2002. Joe White responded to this news resiliently by helping the University make a smooth transition to a new president. The case elaborates on Joe White’s beliefs about resilience and why he believes resilience is a desirable quality among individuals. Part A sets the stage with the case background.
B. Joseph White: Resilience in Action—Part 1 of 3
by: Jane Dutton
Core Disciplines: Leadership/Organizational Behavior
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After reading and discussing the material, students should:
- Enable understanding of resilience
- Explore the benefits of being resilient in the face of adversity and disappointment
- Elaborate on the conditions and beliefs that foster resilience in individuals.