Application and Nomination Processes

Application and Nomination Processes

2017 Calendar

February 17, 2017 Early bird applications and final nominations due (by 11:59 p.m. EST)
March 3, 2017 Final deadline for applications (by 11:59 p.m. EST)
March 17, 2017 Notification of honorees
March 24, 2017 Learning interviews
March 31, 2017 Learning interviews
April 3, 2017 Notification of Examples of Excellence
Early April Committee will review Examples of Excellence

 


Award Levels

The purpose of the Positive Business Project (PBP) is to identify, study, celebrate, and spread impactful and replicable positive business practices. The PBP team has created a multi-step process to achieve this goal.

Honorees

First, the PBP team will review all submissions and choose several Honorees. Honorees are organizations that successfully demonstrate that they practice positive business. All Honorees will be featured in the Positive Practices Handbook, which lives on this website and is distributed to all Positive Business Conference attendees.

Examples of Excellence

The top Honorees will be invited to participate in a learning interview with our panel of judges. The panel of judges will consist of undergraduate and graduate students from across the University of Michigan, Michigan Ross professors, and business leaders affiliated with the Center for Positive Organizations. They will determine which submissions qualify as Examples of Excellence. Examples of Excellence are organizations that successfully demonstrate that they practice positive business and have illustrated the impact and replicability of their positive practice.

Hall of Fame

Examples of Excellence will be reviewed by an additional committee that will decide which submissions, if any, will be inducted into the Positive Business Project Hall of Fame. Submissions inducted into the Hall of Fame will be truly extraordinary.

 


Application

To enter your organization in the competition, please answer the following questions:

  1. Describe your positive practice. How was the positive change enacted?
  2. How did this practice impact your business objectives, organizational culture, community, and/or the environment? Please give specific examples.
  3. What advice would you give to another organization looking to replicate this practice? How might they too achieve extraordinary results?

Note: You may also upload a file with additional information to be considered as part of your application.

Deadlines:
Please submit your application by February 17, 2017 for the early bird deadline and by March 3, 2017 for the final deadline.

 


Nomination

To nominate an organization, please answer the following:

  1. Organization name
  2. Briefly describe how this organization practices positive business
  3. Name and email of contact at organization

Deadlines:
Please submit your nomination by February 17, 2017.

 


Learning Interviews

The top Honorees will be invited to a learning interview with a panel of judges affiliated with the Center for Positive Organizations. Interviews will be held on March 24 and March 31, 2017, and will take place via Google Hangout. Those identified as Examples of Excellence will be notified by April 3, 2017.

Examples of Excellence will be reviewed by an additional committee to determine which submissions, if any, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. This committee will be comprised of the three co-founders of the Center for Positive Organizations and its faculty director.

All entrants are highly encouraged to attend the Positive Business Conference on May 11-12, 2017 in Ann Arbor, MI, where the honorees and Examples of Excellence will be highlighted.

See the Positive Business Project Official Contest Rules for more details.

 


Judging Criteria

An independent panel of judges will review the top honorees based upon the following criteria:

  • Extent to which the practice aligns with positive business (i.e. creating economic value and enacting positive change)
  • Demonstrated impact on the organization, community, and/or environment
  • The extent to which the practice is replicable in other organization