Current Award Winners

Current 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, practice, and service. We are very pleased to announce the current winners!

Career Awards

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 herself/himself in the field of human resource management. This award is sponsored by McGraw Hill Education.

 

This year's award winners are Tammy D. Allen, Distinguished University Professor at the University of South Florida, and Murray R. Barrick, University Distinguished Professor and the Whatley Chair at the Mays Business School at Texas A & M University.

 

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 herself/himself in the mentoring of PhD students. This award is named in memory of Tom Mahoney, who himself provided so much guidance to developing Ph.D. students over his long career. This award is sponsored by the Center for Executive Succession at the University of South Carolina, Darla Moore School of Business.

 

This year's award winner is Jaap Paauwe, Emeritus Professor of Organization and Human Resource Management at Tilburg University.

 

Early Career Achievement Award

The 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 the Center for Human Resource Management at Texas A & M University, Mays Business School.

 

This year's award winner is Joel Koopman, Associate Professor of Management at Texas A&M University.

Dave Ulrich Impact Award

The Dave Ulrich Impact Award honors the extraordinary career of David Ulrich and his contribution to HR practices across the globe. The award recognizes excellence in the application of theory and research in practice and/or public policy.

This year, the winner of the award is Edward E. Lawler III, Distinguished Professor of Business and Director of the Center for Effective Organizations in the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

Distinguished Human Resource Executive Award

Each year the HR Division recognizes an HR Executive who has distinguished themselves throughout their careers in the field of human resource management through the Distinguished Human Resource Executive Award. The winner is invited to deliver a keynote address at our annual Breakfast Award Ceremony.

 

This year we have four distinguished HR Executive Award winners. Each has distinguished themself throughout their extraordinary careers and each contributed to a truly remarkable and creative HR accomplishment: People + Work Connect: Ellyn Shook (Chief Leadership and Human Resource Officer of Accenture), Lisa Buckingham (at the time she was the Executive Vice President and Chief People, Place and Brand Officer at Lincoln Financial Group), Christy Pambianchi (Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer of Verizon), and Pat Wadors (at the time she was the Chief Talent Officer of ServiceNow).



Annual Research, Teaching, and Service Awards

Scholarly Achievement Award

This 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 2016. 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 Alicia A. Grandey (Pennsylvania State University), Allison Gabriel (University of Arizona), and Eden B. King (Rice University) for their paper: "Tackling Taboo Topics: A Review of the Three Ms in Working Women's Lives," published in Journal of Management, 46(1), 7-35.


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. Award recipients need not belong to the Academy of Management or to the HR Division. This 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 Thomas Rockstuhl (Nanyang Technological University), Robert Eisenberger (University of Houston), Lynn M. Shore (Colorado State University), James N. Kurtessis (Department of Homeland Security), Louis C. Buffardi (George Mason University), and Salar Mesdaghinia (Eastern Michigan University) for their paper: "Perceived Organizational Support (POS) Across 54 Nations: A Cross-Cultural Meta-analysis of POS Effects," published in the Journal of International Business Studies, 51, 933-962.


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. This award is sponsored by Pennsylvania State University, Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies.

This year, we have two award winners, Lisa A. Burke-Smalley (University of Tennessee Chattanooga) and Madeleine Stevens (Liverpool John Moores University)."

Emerging Scholar Award in Employee Participation and Ownership

The Beyster Foundation for Enterprise Development presents 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 Saehee Kang (Marquette University).

David P. Lepak Service Award

This 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 Philip L. Roth (Clemson University).


Conference and Dissertation Awards

Best Convention Paper Award

The 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 the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies at Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

This year, the award winners are Janet A. Boekhorst, Nada Basir, and Shavin Malhotra (University of Waterloo) for their paper: “Star Light, But Why Not So Bright? Investigating Nonstars' Attributions On Star Performance.”

Best Student Convention Paper Award

The 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 award is sponsored by the Personnel Psychology.

This year, the award winner is Rakoon Piyanontalee (University of Wisconsin) for his paper: “Examining the Relationships Between Bonus Pay and Voluntary Turnover."

Best Paper for HR-Entrepreneurship Research Award

The Best Convention Paper Award is given to the author(s) of the best paper exploring entrepreneurial activity and entrepreneurs themselves from an HR perspective, as well as HR systems and practices through an entrepreneurship lens, at the individual or organizational level accepted by the Program Committee for the annual conference. This award is sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation.

 

This year, the award winners are Rhett A. Brymer (University of Cincinatti) and Vera Rocha (Copenhagen Business School) for their paper: "Hiring in Entrepreneurial Firms: Pre-founding Affiliations and the Origins of Organizational Diversity."


Best Student Paper for HR-Entrepreneurship Research Award

The Best Student Convention Paper Award is given to the student who is the sole or first author on the best paper exploring entrepreneurial activity and entrepreneurs themselves from an HR perspective, as well as HR systems and practices through an entrepreneurship lens, at the individual or organizational level accepted by the Program Committee for the annual conference. This award is sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation.

 

This year, the award winners are Jacob A. Waddingham, Miles A. Zachary, and H. Jack Walker (Auburn University) for the paper: "Screened Out: Recruiter Evaluations of Job Applicants with Prior Entrepreneurial Experience."

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. This award is sponsored by Human Resource Management Journal – Wiley.

This year, the award winner is Saehee Kang (Marquette University) for his dissertation: "What do You Mean When You Pay for Performance? Conditional Effects of Pay-for-Performance on Job Satisfaction and Performance."

SHRM Foundation Dissertation Grants

SHRM 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:

Yiduo Shao (University of Florida). Engaging the Aging Workforce: Examining Multiple Mechanisms Linking Age to Work Engagement and Age-Related HR Practices as Moderators.

Yu Tse Heng (University of Washington). The Grief-Work Interface: How Employees Navigate Grief and Work Following the Loss of a Loved One.


We gratefully acknowledge the support of all of our award sponsors. Please note that sponsors have no input in the selection of award winners. 


2021 Awards Committee Co-Chairs

Julie I. Hancock, University of North Texas
Karina van de Voorde, Tilburg University
Patrick E. Downes, University of Kansas
Jenna R. Pieper, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Jamila S. Maxie, University of North Texas
David W. Sullivan, University of Houston