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Herbert Heneman Receives $50,000 Michael R. Losey Human Resource Research Award
Body of HR research closes gap between theory and practice
CHICAGO – The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) today presented the $50,000 Michael R. Losey Human Resource Award to Herbert G. Heneman III during its 60th Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago.
The Losey award recognizes human resource researchers or professionals whose contributions significantly advance the field of human resource management. The award acknowledges major research accomplishments and aims to help fund and facilitate future individual contributions to the field.
Heneman’s research focuses on staffing, performance management, union membership growth, work motivation, and compensation systems. For the past decade he has studied the design and effectiveness of compensation, performance management, and strategic human resource systems for teachers and principals in public schools. Heneman has been cited for seeking to bridge the gap between academics and practitioners by focusing on applied topics and publishing in outlets aimed at both audiences.
“There are few more deserving of this award than Dr. Heneman,” said SHRM President and CEO Susan R. Meisinger, SPHR. “His dedication and contributions to the profession over the past few decades have helped shape the direction of HR and made it the profession we know today.”
Heneman is the son of Herbert Heneman Jr., who, 60 years ago, was one of the founders of the American Society for Personnel Management (ASPA), which later became SHRM.
The award, named in honor of former SHRM President and CEO Michael R. Losey, SPHR, CAE, was endowed with a $1-million gift in 2000. SHRM, the HR Certification Institute, and the SHRM Foundation jointly funded the endowment.
“The Losey award is named after a person who has long been a strong advocate and supporter of research that is useful in improving human resource practice,” said Heneman. “I am proud to know that my research has been viewed favorably in this light.”
Heneman was chosen by a panel of seven experts, including representatives from the three funding organizations. The panel was chaired by Debra Cohen, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM’s chief knowledge officer.
Heneman is currently a Dickson-Bascom Professor Emeritus of Management and Human Resources in the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UWM) School of Business. An active researcher, Heneman also continues to teach, speak, and publish. He is the senior author of four textbooks, the latest being
Staffing Organizations, published in 2006.
As noted in the nomination form submitted by his colleagues, “During his long and distinguished career, Professor Heneman has engaged in a truly extraordinary array of research, teaching, and service activities that have influenced the study and practice of human resource management in many important ways.”
Previously, Heneman received a Distinguished Faculty Award from UWM’s School of Business, and Fellow designation by three professional organizations: the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology; the American Psychological Association; and the Academy of Management. He received a Lifetime Career Achievement Award from the Human Resource Division of the Academy of Management, and he is a member of SHRM, the American Educational Research Association, International Personnel Management Association, and World at Work.
Heneman received his A.B. in economics from Wabash College, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Industrial Relations Research Institute.
He has been a member of the UWM faculty for more than 30 years and serves as a senior research associate in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Before coming to Wisconsin, he was a visiting faculty member at the University of Washington and University of Florida, and was University Distinguished Visiting Professor at The Ohio State University. Heneman also was director of research for the SHRM Foundation Board.
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