SHRM Foundation Presents Prestigious Awards to Influential HR Management Researcher and HR Leader at Annual Summit

Nov 18, 2016

WASHINGTON — Paul R. Sparrow was awarded the 2016 Michael R. Losey Excellence in Human Resource Research Award and Jennifer Duncan was granted the 2016 Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship for Graduate Study in HR today at the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) annual Volunteer Leaders’ Summit in Washington, D.C. Both awards are presented by the SHRM Foundation.

More than 850 human resource professionals who lead SHRM’s chapters and state councils attended this year’s summit.

Michael R. Losey Human Resource Research Award 

This year’s recipient, Paul R. Sparrow, Ph.D., is emeritus professor of international human resource management at Lancaster University Management School in the United Kingdom and visiting scholar at Rutgers University. He also has been director of the Centre for Performance-led HR at Lancaster University and visiting international fellow at Cornell University.

The award, which comes with a $50,000 prize, recognizes HR academics or experts whose research significantly advances the field of HR management. It also helps fund future contributions to the field. 
“It is an honor to receive this award, especially given its focus,” Sparrow said.  “It is so important that as academics we continue to bridge between research and practice, find ways to use our academic independence to influence the world of practice, and enable practice to shape our thinking.” 

In his more than 30-year career, Sparrow of Congleton, Cheshire, has written more than 250 books, articles and journals on a broad range of topics, including cross-cultural and international HR management and HR strategy and employment relationships. His research projects have focused on issues such as work-life balance for fathers; globalization in the HR field; and how HR interventions contribute to positive employee attitudes and behaviors.

“Paul Sparrow equals sharp thinker, great academic colleague and HRM scholar [who is] exceptionally strong in high-level research and reaching out to [those in the HR] practice,” wrote a colleague in HR education in a recommendation letter for the award.

Sparrow holds a master’s degree and doctoral degree in applied psychology from Aston University and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Manchester University.
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Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship

The 2016 Meisinger fellowship winner, Jennifer Duncan, SHRM-CP, is human resources manager/business partner at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Calif.

The annual award is given to a human resources professional who demonstrates exemplary leadership. It is a $10,000 fellowship for first-time master’s degree students and was established in 2009 to help develop the next generation of HR leaders. To be eligible, an HR professional must either be a member of SHRM or hold a professional HR certification. 

In her fellowship application, Duncan wrote that she determined “further education in a robust program that combines core business competencies with human resource strategy and change management is a crucial next step in my development and will ultimately help me find a seat at the executive table.” 
Duncan of Huntington Beach, Calif., holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from California State University-Fullerton. In May 2016, she was admitted to the executive master in human resource management program at Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations School.

For more information about the fellowship, please visit

Media: For more information, please contact Sundra Hominik of SHRM Public Affairs at 703-535-6273 and or Kate Kennedy at 703-535-6260 and
About the SHRM Foundation
The SHRM Foundation was founded in 1966 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The SHRM Foundation advances global HR knowledge and practice by providing thought leadership and educational support, and by sponsoring, funding and driving the adoption of cutting-edge, actionable and evidence-based research. Visit

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