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, Ph.D., Distinguished University Professor at the University of South Florida, and Murray R. Barrick, Ph.D., 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, Ph.D., 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, Ph.D., 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 our distinguished HR Executive Award winner is Johnny C. Taylor, President and CEO of SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management.



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 Lisa M. Leslie (New York University), Eden B. King (Rice University), and Judith A. Clair (Boston College) for their paper: "Work-Life Ideologies: The Contextual Basis and Consequences of Beliefs about Work and Life," published in Academy of Management Review, 44(1), 72-98


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 Maria del Carmen Triana (University of Wisonsin-Madison), Mevan Jaysinghe (Michigan State University), Jenna R. Pieper (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Dora Maria Delgado (Northside Independent School District) and Mingxiang Li (Florida Atlanitc University) for their paper: "Perceived Workplace Gender Discrimination and Employee Consequences: A Meta-analysis and Complementary Studies Considering Country Context," published in the Journal of Management, 45, 2419-2447.


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, the award winner is Brian Harney, Ph.D. (Dublin University), for his innovative teaching method, "Strategy-HRM Linkages: Enhancing Understanding Through Practical Engagement With Small Firms."

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 winners are Lauren S. Simon, Ph.D. (University of Arkansas) and Joel Koopman, Ph.D. (Texas A&M 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 Zhengtang Zhang (Nanjing University Business School), Wei He (Nanjing University Business School), and Zhijie Xing (Nanjing University Business School) for their paper: “Horizontal Pay Dispersion and Collective Performance: The Neglected Role of Between-group Pay Dispersion in Shaping Employee Justice Perceptions and Organizational Sorting.”

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 University of Iowa, Tippie College of Business.

This year, the award winners are Hanbo Shim (Rutgers University) and Xueqing Fan (Rutgers University) for their paper: “More Than Just a Market: How Changes in Pay Policy Affect Organizations' Operational and Financial Performance. "Co-authors on this paper include Michael C. Sturman (Rutgers University) and Mark P. Brown (Bradley University).

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 Ying Lu (Macquarie University), Yun Han (Xiamen University), Yue Wang (Macquarie University), and Yanzhao Tang (Xiamen University) for their paper: "Understanding the Impact of Family-to-Work Conflict/Enrichment on Entrepreneurial Firms’ Performance: A Conservation of Resources Perspective."


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 winner is Joonyoung Kim (Cornell University) for the paper: "The Intersection between HR and Entrepreneurial Performance: Review and Roadmap for Future Research."

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 Christine L. Nittrouer (University of Houston-Downtown) for her dissertation: "Allies as Intermediaries: Strategies that Promote Hiring People with Intellectual Disabilities."

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:

Hyesook Chung (Cornell University). Too Much of a Good Thing: HR Practices to Manage Demand Flexibility and Unit Performance - Evidence from the Service Industry.

Borbala (Bori) Csillag (University of Minnesota). Perpetual Pivot Points: How Gig Careerists Experience and Navigate Job Search and Job Change.

Spenser Essman (University of South Carolina). The Most Important Human Capital Resource: A Strategic Human Resources Perspective on Top Management Team Effectiveness.

Louis Hickman (Purdue University). Algorithmic Cognitive Ability Prediction in Video Interviews.


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, Texas Christian University

Jenna R. Pieper, University of Nebraska-Lincoln