SHRM Honors Gary Latham with Michael R. Losey Award

EMBARGOED June 27, 2006

Jun 27, 2006
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Award Given at SHRM Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

(Alexandria, Va., June 27, 2006) The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) today announced that Dr. Gary P. Latham, a professor at the University of Toronto, is the recipient of the 2006 Michael R. Losey Human Resource Research Award. Latham was provided the award at SHRM's 58 th Annual Conference & Exposition in Washington, D.C., June 25-28.

This premier award recognizes human resource (HR) researchers or professionals whose contributions significantly advance the field of human resource management (HRM). The award acknowledges major research accomplishments and will help fund and facilitate future individual contributions to the field.

"There are few more deserving of this award than Dr. Latham," said SHRM President and CEO Susan R. Meisinger, SPHR. "He has made revolutionary strides in improving HRM practices and the progress of the HR profession owes much to his contributions over the past few decades."

The special research fund, named in honor of former SHRM President and CEO Michael R. Losey, SPHR, CAE, was endowed with a one million dollar gift in 2000. SHRM, the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and the SHRM Foundation jointly funded the endowment. Latham was chosen by a panel of seven experts, including representatives from SHRM, the SHRM Foundation and HRCI. The panel was chaired by Debra Cohen, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM chief knowledge officer. Latham will receive $50,000 as recognition for his contributions, which may help to facilitate future research.

Latham, Secretary of State Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management, has notably influenced four domains in HRM: selection, performance appraisal/management, training, and motivation. He has led research on situational interviews; the concept of Behavioral Observation Scales for evaluating employee performance; pioneered the use of goal setting and social cognitive theory for designing training programs; and has carried out groundbreaking research on goal setting with underprivileged individuals as well as highly educated scientists and engineers. Latham also has been the president of his own HR consulting company, G.P. Latham, Inc., since 1976.

As noted in Latham's nomination form submitted by his colleagues, "Gary's contribution to the science and practice of HRM is shown in the extent to which he has developed and used theory as a framework for guiding practice, and the methodological rigor with which he has done so. As of the mid-1980s he had done more field experiments and quasi-field experiments than any other HRM scholar to that point in time. I can think of no better candidate for the Losey Award than Gary Latham."

Latham has received much recognition for his research, including awards from the American Psychological Association, the Canadian Psychological Association, the Academy of Management, and the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology. His research includes over 140 published studies, five books and several cassettes and videos.

Latham received his B.A. in Experimental Psychology from Dalhousie University, his M.S. in Social-Industrial Psychology from Georgia Tech, and his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Akron.

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