Professor Herman Aguinis discusses how talent management research can help turn human capital into a true source of sustainable and long-term competitive advantage.
Dr. Herman Aguinis is the Avram Tucker Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Management and the chair of the Department of Management at the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB). He was elected for the presidency track of the Academy of Management (AOM), served as vice president and program chair for the AOM 2020 Virtual Conference, and is now serving as the academy's president. The 2020, 2019 and 2018 Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers Reports ranked him among the world's 100 most impactful researchers in economics and business. He has received career awards for lifetime contributions from the Academy of Management, Society for Human Resource Management, and Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 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 China, 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 & business sustainability, domestic and international workforce 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 has published nine books, including Performance Management for Dummies (2019), Performance Management (4th edition, 2019), Applied Psychology in Talent Management (8th edition, 2019, with W.F. Cascio), and Regression Analysis for Categorical Moderators. In addition, he has written more than 180 refereed journal articles, about 50 book chapters, monographs, and other publications, has delivered about 30 keynotes and 300 presentations at professional conferences, delivered about 160 invited presentations in all seven continents except for Antarctica, and raised about $5MM for his research and teaching endeavors from private foundations and federal sources (e.g., National Science Foundation).
He is a Fellow of the Academy of Management (also served as deputy dean of the AOM Fellows), the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and has been inducted into the Society for Organizational Behavior. He has received many recognitions and awards including the Academy of Management Practice Theme Committee Scholar Practice Impact Award recognizing outstanding impact on policy making and managerial and organizational practices, Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division IDEA Thought Leader Award, International Council for Small Business Global Leadership Excellence Award in Support of MSMEs, Indiana University Dr. Martin Luther King Building Bridges Award for promoting equality, equity, diversity, and justice, and Indiana University Latino Faculty and Staff Council Distinguished Faculty Award recognizing his service, mentoring, and promotion of diversity initiatives. He has received seven Best Article of Year Awards from Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior (twice), Academy of Management Perspectives, Organizational Research Methods, and Management Research. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Organizational Research Methods, co-editor of special issues of Journal of Management on "bridging micro and macro research domains" and Personnel Psychology on "corporate social responsibility," and contributing editor of Business Horizons. He also served as President of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management, served as founding associate editor of Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, and serves or has served on the editorial board of 26 journals including Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Academy of Management Perspectives, and Academy of Management Learning and Education.
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, human capital & talent acquisition, 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, Accenture, 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 and has provided expert testimony and written briefs for several high-profile court cases (including the U.S. Supreme Court). 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.
- Ranked among the world's 100 most impactful researchers in Economics and Business in 2020, 2019 and 2018 by the Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers Report
- President Elect (2020-2021), President (2021-2022), and Past President (2022-2023) of the Academy of Management
- Losey Award by Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation for lifetime achievement in human resource management research
- Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Scientific Contributions Award for lifetime contributions
- 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
Below is a selected list of recent journal articles only. View a complete list of downloadable articles.
- Aguinis, H., & Gabriel, K. P. in press. International business studies: Are we really so uniquely complex? Journal of International Business Studies.
- Van Iddekinge, C. H., Aguinis, H., LeBreton, J. M., Mackey, J. D., & DeOrtentiis, P. S. 2021. Assessing and interpreting interaction effects: A reply to Vancouver, Carlson, Dhanani, and Colton (2021). Journal of Applied Psychology, 106(3): 476-488.
- Aguinis, H., Villamor, I., & Ramani, R. M. 2021. MTurk research: Review and recommendations. Journal of Management, 47(4): 823–837.
- Steel, P., Beugelsdijk S., & Aguinis, H. 2021. The anatomy of an award-winning meta-analysis: Recommendations for authors, reviewers, and users of meta-analytic reviews. Journal of International Business Studies, 52(1): 23-44.
- Aguinis, H., Villamor, I., Lazzarini, S. G., Vassolo, R. S., Amorós, J. E., & Allen, D. G. 2020. Conducting management research in Latin America: Why and what’s in it for you? Journal of Management, 46(5): 615-636.
- Aguinis, H., Banks, G. C., Rogelberg, S., & Cascio, W. F. 2020. Actionable recommendations for narrowing the science-practice gap in open science. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 158: 27-35.
- Aguinis, H., & Solarino, A. M. 2019. Transparency and replicability in qualitative research: The case of interviews with elite informants. Strategic Management Journal, 40(8): 1291-1315.
- Aguinis, H., & Glavas, A. 2019. On corporate social responsibility, sensemaking, and the search for meaningfulness through work. Journal of Management, 45(3): 1057-1086.
- Aguinis, H., Ji, Y. H., & Joo, H. 2018. Gender productivity gap among star performers in STEM and other scientific fields. Journal of Applied Psychology, 103(12): 1283-1306.
- 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(1): 83-110.
- 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(3): 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(7): 1022-1053.
- 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(3): 477-497
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