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Herman Aguinis

Avram Tucker Distinguished Scholar

Professor of Management

  • Department: Management
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  • Office: Funger Hall, Suite 311 • 2201 G St. NW • Washington, DC • 20052
  • PhD, University at Albany, State University of New York, 1993
  • MA, University at Albany, State University of New York, 1992
  • BA, University of Buenos Aires (Argentina), 1988


Herman Aguinis is the Avram Tucker Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Management at the George Washington University School of Business. Prior to joining GWSB, he was the John F. Mee Chair of Management and Founding Director of the Institute for Global Organizational Effectiveness at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. In addition, he has been a visiting scholar at universities in the People’s Republic of China (Beijing and Hong Kong), Malaysia, Singapore, Argentina, France, Spain, Puerto Rico, Australia, and South Africa.

His research is interdisciplinary and addresses the acquisition and deployment of talent in organizations and organizational research methods. Recent projects address star performance, corporate social responsibility, domestic and international diversity, leadership, staffing, training and development, performance management, and innovative methodological approaches for developing and testing theories. His professional and life agenda is to have an impact on the academic community, but also on society at large.

Professor Aguinis has written the following three books: Performance Management (3rd edition, 2013, Pearson; also published in Chinese and Arabic), Applied Psychology in Human Resource Management (7th edition, 2011, Pearson, with W.F. Cascio; also published in Chinese), and Regression Analysis for Categorical Moderators (2004, Guilford). Also, he has written more than 140 refereed journal articles, delivered more than 240 presentations and keynote addresses at professional conferences, delivered more than 110 invited presentations in all seven continents except for Antarctica, and secured about $5MM from private and federal sources (e.g., National Science Foundation) for his research and teaching endeavors.

In addition to his academic activities, Professor Aguinis has consulted with organizations in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America including the United Nations, TCI-AT&T, the City of San Francisco Police Department, Kronos, and Sears Holdings Corp., among others. He was appointed by the U.S. Department of State to serve a five-year term on the Board of Examiners for the United States Foreign Service, has provided expert testimony and written briefs for several high-profile court cases, including the highly publicized Ricci v. DeStefano U.S. Supreme Court case involving firefighters in the City of New Haven (Connecticut), and has served as SIOP representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. His research has been featured by numerous printed media, television, and radio outlets in the U.S. and abroad including The Economist, Forbes, Business Week, National Public Radio, USA Today, The Seattle Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, HR Magazine, Univision, WB2 TV, Mujer Actual (Spain), and La Nación (Argentina), among others.

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Recent Publications

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  • Aguinis, H., & Glavas, A. in press. On corporate social responsibility, sensemaking, and the search for meaningfulness through work. Journal of Management. doi: 10.1177/0149206317691575
  • Van Iddekinge, C. H., Aguinis, H., Mackey, J. D., & DeOrtentiis, P. S. in press. A meta-analysis of the interactive, additive, and relative effects of cognitive ability and motivation on performance. Journal of Management. doi: 10.1177/0149206317702220
  • Gonzalez-Mulé, E., & Aguinis, H. in press. Advancing theory by assessing boundary conditions with meta-regression: A critical review and best-practice recommendations. Journal of Management. doi: 10.1177/0149206317710723
  • McKenny, A. F., Aguinis, H., Short, J. C., & Anglin, A. H. in press. What doesn’t get measured does exist: Improving the accuracy of computer-aided text analysis. Journal of Management. doi: 10.1177/0149206316657594
  • Connelly, B. L., Ketchen, D. J., Crook, T. R., Combs, J. G, & Aguinis, H. in press. Competence- and integrity-based trust in inter-organizational relationships: Which matters most? Journal of Management. doi: 10.1177/0149206315596813
  • Joo, H., Aguinis, H., & Bradley, K. J. in press. Not all non-normal distributions are created equal: Improved theoretical and measurement precision. Journal of Applied Psychology. doi: 10.1037/apl0000214
  • Aguinis, H., Edwards, J. R., & Bradley, K. J. in press. Improving our understanding of moderation and mediation in strategic management research. Organizational Research Methods. doi: 10.1177/1094428115627498
  • Aguinis, H., Cascio, W. F., & Ramani, R. S. in press. Science’s reproducibility and replicability crisis: International business is not immune. Journal of International Business Studies. doi: 10.1057/s41267-017-0081-0
  • Cortina, J. M., Aguinis, H., & DeShon, R. P. 2017. Twilight of dawn or of evening? A century of research methods in the Journal of Applied Psychology. Journal of Applied Psychology, 102: 274-290. (Journal of Applied Psychology centennial special issue).
  • Fisher, G., & Aguinis, H. 2017. Using theory elaboration to make theoretical advancements. Organizational Research Methods, 20: 438-464.
  • Gottfredson, R. K. & Aguinis, H. 2017. Leadership behaviors and follower performance: Deductive and inductive examination of theoretical rationales and underlying mechanisms. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 38: 558-591.
  • Aguinis, H., Davis, G. F., Detert, J. R., Glynn, M. A., Jackson, S. E., Kochan, T., Ernst Kossek, E., Leana, C., Lee. T. W., Morrison, E., Pearce, J., Pfeffer, J., Rousseau, D., & Sutcliffe, K. M. 2016. Using organizational science research to address U.S. Federal Agencies’ management and labor needs. Behavioral Science & Policy, 2(2): 67-76.
  • Aguinis, H., O’Boyle, E., Gonzalez-Mulé, E., & Joo, H. 2016. Cumulative advantage: Conductors and insulators of heavy-tailed productivity distributions and productivity stars. Personnel Psychology, 69: 3-66.
  • Bernerth, J. & Aguinis, H. 2016. A critical review and best-practice recommendations for control variable usage. Personnel Psychology, 69: 229-283.
  • Bosco, F. A., Aguinis, H., Field, J. G., Pierce, C. A., & Dalton, D. R. 2016. HARKing’s threat to organizational research: Evidence from primary and meta-analytic sources. Personnel Psychology, 69: 709-750.
  • Bergh, D. D., Aguinis, H., Heavey, C. Ketchen, D. J., Boyd, B. K., Su, P., Lau, C., & Joo, H. 2016. Using meta-analytic structural equation modeling to advance strategic management research: Guidelines and an empirical illustration via the strategic leadership-performance relationship. Strategic Management Journal, 37: 477-497.

Awards and Honors

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  • Academy of Management Research Methods Division Distinguished Career Award for lifetime scientific contributions
  • Fellow, Academy of Management
  • Fellow, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association
  • Fellow, Association for Psychological Science
  • Inductee, Society for Organizational Behavior
  • Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division IDEA Thought Leader Award
  • Academy of Management Robert McDonald Advancement of Organizational Research Methodology Award (2015, 2009, & 2002)
  • Former Editor-in-Chief, Organizational Research Methods
  • Former Guest-Editor for special issue on bridging micro and macro domains, Journal of Management
  • Former Guest-Editor for special issue on corporate social responsibility, Personnel Psychology
  • Personnel Psychology Best Article of the Year Award
  • Journal of Organizational Behavior Best Article of the Year Award
  • Academy of Management Perspectives Best Article of the Year Award
  • Organizational Research Methods Best Article of the Year Award
  • Past and current editorial board member for more than 20 journals
  • Past President, Iberoamerican Academy of Management

Areas of Expertise

  • Leading individuals and teams simultaneously within the context of changes in the nature of work
  • Leading a diverse and global workforce
  • Enhancing organizational performance through human capital development
  • Leading sustainable and responsible organizations to do good and do well
  • Creating new and actionable knowledge by integrating micro and macro theories and research domains
  • Creating new and actionable knowledge by integrating qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches and improving methodological knowledge and practices

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