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EMBARGOED June 26, 2007
Award Given at SHRM Annual Conference in Las Vegas
(Alexandria, Va., June 26, 2007)—The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) today announced that Michael Beer, Professor Emeritus at Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, is the recipient of the prestigious 2007 Michael R. Losey Human Resource Research Award. The award will be presented at the SHRM's 2007 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 24-27, 2007.
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. Beer," said SHRM President and CEO Susan R. Meisinger, SPHR. "The HR profession has greatly benefited from Beer's hard work, and the award grant ensures that we can continue to build on his credible insight and contributions."
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. Beer 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. Beer will receive $50,000 as recognition for his contributions, which may help to facilitate future research.
Beer is recognized for his lasting research contributions to the field of human resources in major areas including Organizational Effectiveness; Organizational Change; and Human Resource Management.
As noted in Beer's nomination form submitted by his colleague, "Mike is a well known authority on organization effectiveness and change and on high commitment and performance organizations. Beyond his contributions to knowledge about the design of high commitment and performance organizations, Mike's research has attempted to untangle the complex question of why organizational change falters and how managers can successfully lead change that results in positive human and economic outcomes."
Beer has received much recognition for his research, including awards by the Academy of Management, Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology and The American Psychological Foundation, among others. He has been elected as a Fellow by several professional organizations including the National Academy of Human Resource Management.
Beer received a B.A in Statistics from Queens College, his M.S. in Organizational Psychology and Statistics from North Carolina State University, and his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology and Business from Ohio State University.
Beer has been a Harvard Business School faculty member for 30 years. Prior to his work at Harvard, (1971-1975) he was a senior human resource executive at Corning Inc. (then Corning Glass Works) where he founded the Organizational Research and Development Department and was its director. Beer also served as Research Psychologist (1
st Lieut.) in the United States Air Force (1958-1962) and worked as Adjunct Lecturer, Business Administration at Michigan State University (1973). Beer is Chairman of TruePoint Partners (formerly the Center for Organizational Fitness), a research based consultancy he co-founded in the mid 1990s. It is Beer's experience as a successful HR practitioner and academic researcher that has enabled him to make distinctive contributions to both theory and practice.
Now a Cahners-Rabb Professor Emeritus of Business Administration at Harvard, Mike continues his research, writing, teaching and speaking. A book on
High Commitment and Performance Organizations is in progress and further research is underway.
For more information on the Michael R. Losey Award to include a list of past recipients, contact SHRM Media Affairs at 703-535-6356 or go to
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