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2016 HR Division Award Winners

Each year the HR Division of the Academy of Management recognizes individuals who have made exemplary contributions to our field in research, teaching, and service. We would like to congratulate our 2016 award winners!

Herbert Heneman Jr. Award for Career Achievement 

The Herbert Heneman Jr. Award for Career Achievement is given by the HR Division of the Academy of Management to an individual who has distinguished himself/herself in the field of human resource management. This award is sponsored by McGraw-Hill Education.

herb-heneman-angelo-denisi1This year, the award winner is Angelo S. DeNisi, Albert Harry Cohen Chair of Business Administration and Professor of Organizational Behavior, and past Dean of the A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University. Dr. DeNisi is a leading researcher in the HR field with research that has shaped the way HR scholars and managers understand performance management systems.

He has won many awards including the SIOP Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award and has excelled in multiple academic leadership roles as AOM President, SIOP President, OB Division Chair and HR Division Chair. He has served as Academy of Management Journal Editor, and is an AOM, SMA, SIOP, and APA Fellow.

HR Division Thomas A. Mahoney Mentoring Award 

The Thomas A. Mahoney Mentoring Award is given annually by the HR Division of the Academy of Management to an individual who has distinguished himself/herself in the mentoring of PhD students. This award is named in memory of Tom Mahoney, who himself provided so much guidance to developing PhD students over his long career.

mahoney_mentoring-micki-kacmarThis year, the award winner is K. Michele (Micki) Kacmar, Fields Chair of Ethics and Corporate Responsibility and Professor of Management at McCoy College of Business, Texas State University.

Dr. Kacmar has been involved in over sixty dissertation committees at Florida State University and the University of Alabama. In addition to receiving numerous honors and awards for her outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service, Dr. Kacmar has clearly made a difference in the lives of many of her doctoral students who are now successful in their own academic careers and who wrote enthusiastic letters describing the value of her mentorship.

Early Career Achievement Award

awardThe Early Career Achievement Award recognizes the early career achievement of HR scholars. The Award is given to an individual who makes distinguished contributions during the early- to mid-career stage (defined as within 7 years of receiving the Ph.D.). This award is sponsored by Texas A&M University, Center for Human Resource Management.

This year, the award winner is Ernest H. O’Boyle (U. of Iowa).

Best Convention Paper Award

awardThe Best Convention Paper Award is given to the author(s) of the best paper accepted by the Program Committee for the annual conference. This award is sponsored by Emerald Group Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance.

This year, the award winner is “Social Network Contagion in The Job Satisfaction-Intention-Turnover Model” by Wei Wang (U of Central Florida). Daniel A. Newman ( U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and Robert L. Dipboye (U of Central Florida).

Best Student Convention Paper Award

awardThe Best Student Convention Paper Award is given to the student who is the sole or first author on the best paper accepted by the Program Committee for the annual conference.

This year, the award winner is “Collective Turnover: The Loss of Human Capital and Stars” by Pingshu Li (U. of Kansas), and James Guthrie (U. of Kansas).

Innovative Teaching Award

The HR Division Innovative Teaching Award recognizes colleagues in the HR Division who have demonstrated innovation in the classroom or leadership in disseminating their innovations in the teaching of HRM. The innovative teaching award is based on the innovative development and dissemination of new teaching methods and new course designs. Special attention is given to methods that are developed as a result of interactions with the business community and those methods and designs that are widely disseminated.

awardThis is sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management.

This year, the award winners are Patrick Downes (Rutgers U), Erik Gonzalez-Mule (U of Indiana) and Cody J. Reeves (Brigham Young U.) with “Investing in Human Capital Simulation”.


Ralph Alexander Dissertation Award 

The Ralph Alexander Dissertation Award is given to the author of the best doctoral dissertation in the field of HRM. In order to be eligible for this award, a dissertation must address a phenomenon that is of importance to the HRM field and have been completed no more than 24 months prior to the submission deadline.

awardThis award is sponsored by Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies, Penn State University.

This year, the award winner is Youngsang (Ray) Kim (The Chinese U of Hong Kong) with the dissertation “The Effects of Star Performers On Collective Turnover, Unit Human Capital Resources, and Unit Performance Under a Firm Acquisition”.

Scholarly Achievement Award 

awardThis award is presented to the author(s) of the most significant article in HRM published in recognized journals and research annuals that are generally available to HR Division members. Publications may be empirically or non-empirically-based. Nominated papers must have a publication date of 2015. Award recipients need not belong to the Academy of Management or to the HR Division. This award is sponsored by Riegel & Emory Human Resource Center, Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina.

This year, the award winners are In-Sue Oh (Temple U), Seongsu Kim (Seoul National U) and Chad. H. Van Iddekinge (Florida State U): “Taking it to another level: Do personality-based human capital resources matter to firm performance?" in the Journal of Applied Psychology.


International HRM Scholarly Research Award 

Research excellence in international human resource management is unique because of its intersection among multiple fields of management, such as HRM and International Management. This award is presented to the author(s) of the most significant article in IHRM. Publications may be empirically- or non-empirically-based. Nominated papers must have a publication date of 2015. Award recipients need not belong to the Academy of Management or to the HR Division.

awardThis award is sponsored by Pennsylvania State University, School of Labor and Employment Relations, Center for International Human Resource Studies.

This year, the award winners are Yuan Jiang (Shanghai Jiao Tong U), Saba Colakoglu (Berry College and Koc U), David P. Lepak (U of Massachusetts Amherst), Joseph R. Blasi (Rutgers U) and Douglas L. Kruse (Rutgers U) for their paper “Involvement Work Systems and Operational Effectiveness: Exploring The Moderating Effect of National Power Distance.” which appeared in the Journal of International Business Studies

The Emerging Scholar Awards in Employee Participation and Ownership 

awardThe Foundation for Enterprise Development presents up to 3 awards of $1,500 each for promising research by emerging scholars in the domain of broad-based employee participation and ownership. The purpose of the award program is to identify innovative research in management or management-related disciplines that considers high-impact ideas in the context of business and society’s needs for employee empowerment, participative workforces, and wealth creation through broad-based equity and profit-sharing mechanisms. Research that has broad implications for practice and/or policy, and that addresses pressing economic and/or social problems are especially appropriate for this award.

This year, the award winner is Anne-Laure Winkler (Baruch College, CUNY.)

SHRM Foundation Dissertation Grants 

awardSHRM Foundation Dissertation Grants are given to up to four promising researchers in the field of HRM at the dissertation stage of their doctoral education. This annual competition is funded by the SHRM Foundation, in partnership with the HR Division, and is intended to support the dissertation research of doctoral candidates.

This year, the award winners are Frederick Scott Bentley (Rutgers U.), Charn McAllister (Florida State U.), Jirs Meuris (U. of Pittsburgh), and Lingtao Yu (U of Minnesota).

HR Division Service Award 

awardThis award recognizes one or more HR Division members for exceptional services to the Division. The winner is nominated and selected by the HR Division Executive Committee.

This year, the award winner is Liza Castro Christiansen (Henley Business School, University of Reading and Business Academy Aarhus).

Awards Committee Co-Chairs 2016

David G. Collings, Dublin City University

Laura Leduc, James Madison University

Janet H. Marler, University at Albany-State University of New York