Professor Herman Aguinis discusses how talent management research can help turn human capital into a true source of sustainable and long-term competetive advantage.
Dr. Aguinis is the Avram Tucker Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Management at the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB). Prior to joining GWSB, he was the John F. Mee Chair of Management and the Founding and Managing Director of the Institute for Global Organizational Effectiveness in 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 multidisciplinary 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.
Dr. Aguinis is the recipient of the 2017 Michael R. Losey Excellence in Human Resource Research Award. The award is given for lifetime achievement in human resource research and recognizes an individual for significant past and ongoing research contributions that impact the HR management field. Dr. Aguinis was also recently elected for the five-year executive track in the Academy of Management and will serve as Vice President Elect, Vice President, President Elect, President, and Past President during 2018-2023. The Academy of Management was founded in 1936 and is the oldest, largest, and most influential professional association for management and organization scholars in the world, including members in more than 120 countries. A May 2018 article published in the journal Scientometrics ranked him in the top .01 percent of most influential researchers in business and economics in the world. This was based on analyzing the most highly cited articles in the fields of business and economics published between 2004 and 2015 and his 34th rank out of about 500,000 researchers on the basis how many times his research has been cited by others.
Dr. Aguinis has written the following books: Performance Management (4th edition, 2019), Applied Psychology in Talent Management (8th edition, 2019, with W.F. Cascio), and Regression Analysis for Categorical Moderators. He has also edited the following books: Opening the Black Box of Editorship (with Y. Baruch, A.M. Konrad, & W.H. Starbuck) and Test-Score Banding in Human Resource Selection. In addition, he has written about 160 refereed journal articles and 45 book chapters, monographs in edited series, and other publications; has delivered about 270 presentations and keynote addresses at professional conferences, more than 130 invited presentations in all seven continents except for Antarctica, and raised about $5MM for his research and teaching endeavors (e.g., National Science Foundation). Also, 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 has been inducted into the Society of Organizational Behavior. He served as president of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management and has received numerous additional recognitions and awards including the Academy of Management Research Methods Division Distinguished Career Award for lifetime contributions, Academy of Management Practice Theme Committee Scholar Practice Impact Award recognizing an outstanding scholar who has had an impact on policy making and managerial and organizational practices, Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division IDEA Thought Leader Award, Indiana University Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Building Bridges Award for promoting equality, equity, diversity, and justice (2014), and Indiana University Latino Faculty and Staff Council Distinguished Faculty Award recognizing his service, mentoring, and promotion of diversity initiatives.
Dr. Aguinis teaches courses at the MBA, executive, and PhD levels in the areas of organizational behavior, human resource management, and research methods and analysis such as international management, foundations of management, global organizational effectiveness, performance management, statistics, and research methods. In addition to his academic activities, Dr. Aguinis has consulted with organizations in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America including the United Nations, 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 U.S. Supreme Court), and has served as SIOP representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. His research has been featured by numerous media outlets in the U.S. and abroad including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Forbes, Business Week, National Public Radio, USA Today, The Seattle Times, The Chicago Tribune, HR Magazine, Univision, Mujer Actual (Spain), and La Nación (Argentina), among others.
- Losey Award by Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation for lifetime achievement in human resource management research
- Academy of Management Research Methods Division Distinguished Career Award for lifetime scientific contributions
- Fellow, Academy of Management (also serving as Deputy Dean of
Academy of Management Fellows)
- 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
- Journal of Management Impact Award
- 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
- 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
- Ph.D., University at Albany, State University of New York, 1993
- M.A., University at Albany, State University of New York, 1992
- B.A., University of Buenos Aires (Argentina), 1988
- Foundations of Management
- Research Methods and Design
- Strategic Human Capital Acquisition and Development
- Performance Management
- Aguinis, H., Ji, Y. H., & Joo, H. in press. Gender productivity gap among star performers in STEM and other scientific fields. Journal of Applied Psychology. doi: 10.1037/apl0000331
- 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
- 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
- Aguinis, H., Ramani, R. S., & Villamor, I. in press. The first 20 years of Organizational Research Methods: Trajectory, impact, and predictions for the future. Organizational Research Methods. https://doi.org/10.1177/1094428118786564
- Aguinis, H., Ramani, R. S., & Alabduljader, N. 2018. What you see is what you get? Enhancing methodological transparency in management research. Academy of Management Annals, 12: 83-110.
- Gonzalez-Mulé, E., & Aguinis, H. 2018. Advancing theory by assessing boundary conditions with meta-regression: A critical review and best-practice recommendations. Journal of Management, 44: 2246–2273.
- Van Iddekinge, C. H., Aguinis, H., Mackey, J. D., & DeOrtentiis, P. S. 2018. A meta-analysis of the interactive, additive, and relative effects of cognitive ability and motivation on performance. Journal of Management, 44: 249-279.
- Connelly, B. L., Ketchen, D. J., Crook, T. R., Combs, J. G, & Aguinis, H. 2018. Competence- and integrity-based trust in interoganizational relationships: Which matters most? Journal of Management, 44: 919-945.
- 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.
- Joo, H., Aguinis, H., & Bradley, K. J. 2017. Not all non-normal distributions are created equal: Improved theoretical and measurement precision. Journal of Applied Psychology, 102, 1022-1053.
- Aguinis, H., Cascio, W. F., & Ramani, R. S. 2017. Science’s reproducibility and replicability crisis: International business is not immune. Journal of International Business Studies, 48: 653-663.
- Aguinis, H., Edwards, J. R., & Bradley, K. J. 2017. Improving our understanding of moderation and mediation in strategic management research. Organizational Research Methods, 20: 665-685.