Herman Aguinis Named 2017 Losey Research Award Winner

By Kathy Gurchiek Nov 17, 2017
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​Herman Aguinis, Ph.D., receives the Michael R. Losey Excellence in Human Resource Research Award from SHRM Board Chair Coretha Rushing, SHRM-SCP.

​Herman Aguinis, Ph.D., is the recipient of the 2017 Michael R. Losey Excellence in Human Resource Research Award.

The award, which the SHRM Foundation sponsors, was announced Nov. 17 at the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM's) Volunteer Leaders' Summit in Washington, D.C.

The award, which comes with a $50,000 prize, recognizes lifetime achievement in human resource research and recognizes an individual for significant past and ongoing research contributions that impact the HR management field.

Aguinis is a professor of management at George Washington University School of Business, where he is an Avram Tucker Distinguished Scholar. During his 25 years in the HR field, he has produced a large body of influential scholarship. His research on testing and bias in testing, for example, was cited in a U.S. Supreme Court case. He has published eight books and 150 research articles, delivered 400 presentations, given lectures on all continents except Antarctica, and was granted $5 million for his research and teaching endeavors from the National Science Foundation and other private and federal organizations. His book Performance Management (Pearson, 2013) is in its third edition, and the book Applied Psychology in Human Resource Management (Pearson, 2010) that he co-authored with Wayne Cascio, Ph.D., chair of the SHRM Certification Commission, is in its seventh edition. His research has resulted in improved HR practices in many domains.

Aguinis said the award is meaningful because it demonstrates that HR research is appreciated by a broad audience that includes HR practitioners.

"There is a big divide between HR research and HR practice," he said. "Many professors often do research on issues that are not relevant to practitioners. But practitioners are not often well-informed about the latest [HR] research," he added, noting that there are 50 scientific journals that publish HR research "on thousands of articles on HR topics every year."

Aguinis wants to see researchers and HR practitioners work more diligently together to create rigorous, relevant content.

"Most researchers are desperately looking for good questions to ask in their research. …  Who could be the source of those very interesting questions for which we need to find answers? Practitioners.

"Practitioners are in the trenches. Practitioners are always in need of credible and actionable knowledge that they can use to benefit their organizations and the people working in their organizations."

He suggested that HR professionals invite researchers to lunch to have conversations on important, relevant questions researchers should ask in their work.  

Aguinis has served as a visiting professor or scholar at universities around the world, including the University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia; City University of Hong Kong; University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain; Jean Moulin University Lyon 3 in France; and The International College at Beijing, China.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and he has received numerous awards.

He has a master's degree and a doctoral degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the State University of New York-Albany and a bachelor's degree in psychology from University of Buenos Aires in Argentina.

The award he received Nov. 17 honors Michael R. Losey, who served the HR profession for more than 45 years and retired as president and CEO of SHRM in 2000. Losey's new book, Touching People's Lives: Leaders' Sorrow or Joy (2017) is available from the Society for Human Resource Management.

For more information about the award, please visit www.shrm.org/about/awards/pages/loseyaward.aspx

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