Dave Ulrich Impact Award

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 co-winners of this award are Dr. Jian-Min (James) Sun and Dr. Wayne F. Cascio.

Dr. Jian-Min (James) Sun got his PhD in Psychology from Beijing Normal University. He had been an Associate Professor and Professor in the School of Labor and Human Resources (SLHR) at Renmin University of China (RUC), Beijing and the Associate Dean of SLHR from 2002 to 2009. He was one of the pioneers in developing and creating the first Master’s and doctoral degree programs in human resource management in China. He was appointed as the founding chair of the Department of Psychology at RUC in 2009 until he resigned from that position in 2015. Professor Sun was a Fulbright scholar at University of Florida in 2007-2008. He has been a visiting scholar in many universities world-wide including the University of New South Wales in Australia, the University of Toronto in Canada, Carnegie-Mellon University, Cornell University, Harvard University in the United States, and Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. As a leading scholar in human resource management and organizational behavior, he is the Ambassador of Academy of Management HR Division in China. He has published widely in international and domestic top tier journals and provided consulting and training for many MNCs and Chinese firms.

Dr. Sun has supervised more than 30 PhD students and 110 master's students in the past 15 years. He supervises PhD students on a range of topics, including human resource management system and outcomes (at both organizational and individual levels), the effectiveness of different types of leadership from a cross-cultural perspective, indigenous characteristics of Chinese management and leadership.

Dr. Sun’s research interests include strategic human resource management, leadership effectiveness, individual differences and work attitude and behavior in organizations, especially the management issues from a cross-cultural perspective. Current research includes human resource management practices and employees’ responses, leadership styles and employee attitude and behavior, and cross-cultural challenges facing Asian and New Zealand business.
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Dr. Wayne Cascio is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Colorado. He holds the Robert H. Reynolds Chair in Global Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver. He has served as president of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (1992-1993), Chair of the SHRM Foundation (2007), the HR Division of the Academy of Management (1984), and as a member of the Academy of Management’s Board of Governors (2003-2006). Currently, he serves as an editor of the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS).

Dr. Cascio has authored or edited 31 books on Human Resource Management, including Managing Human Resources (11th ed., 2019), Investing in People (with John Boudreau and Alexis Fink, 3rd ed., 2019), Applied Psychology in Talent Management (with Herman Aguinis, 8th ed., 2019), and The Oxford Handbook of Talent Management (co-edited with David Collings & Kamel Mellahi, 2017). He is a two-time winner of the best-paper award from the Academy of Management Executive for his research on downsizing.

In 2010, Dr. Cascio received the Michael R. Losey Human Resources Research Award from the Society for Human Resource Management, in 2013 he received the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and in 2016 the World Federation of People Management Associations awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award. From 2011-2013 he served as Chair of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group that is developing international HR standards, and he represented the United States to the International Organization for Standards. Currently, he serves as Chair of the SHRM Certification Commission. He is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the Australian HR Institute.