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. 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 is ranked among the top 100 most influential researchers in Economics and Business in the world and received the Michael R. Losey Excellence in Human Resource Research Award for lifetime achievement in human resource research that makes contributions to practice. Also, he has been elected for the presidency track of the Academy of Management, the world’s largest and most prestigious association for management educators and scholars, and is currently serving as President Elect. 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 addresses the acquisition and deployment of talent in organizations and organizational research methods. Recent projects address star performance, corporate social responsibility and business sustainability, domestic and international workforce diversity, leadership, staffing, training and development, performance management, and innovative methodological approaches. 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 170 refereed journal articles and 45 book chapters, monographs in edited series, and other publications. He has delivered about 300 keynote addresses and presentations at professional conferences and more than 140 invited presentations on all seven continents except Antarctica, and he has 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 awards including the Academy of Management Research Methods Division Distinguished Career Award for lifetime contributions, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Scientific Contributions 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, best-article-of-the-year awards from six different journals, 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, 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
- Aguinis, H., Ramani, R. S., & Cascio, W. F. 2020. Methodological practices in international business research: An after-action review of challenges and solutions. Journal of International Business Studies, 51: 1593-1608.
- 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: 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., Cummings, C., Ramani, R. S., & Cummings, T. G. 2020. “An A is an A:” The new bottom line for valuing academic research. Academy of Management Perspectives, 34: 135-154.
- Aguinis, H., & Solarino, A. M. 2019. Transparency and replicability in qualitative research: The case of interviews with elite informants. Strategic Management Journal, 40: 1291-1315.
- Aguinis, H., Hill, N. S., & Bailey, J. R. in press. Best practices in data collection and preparation: Recommendations for reviewers, editors, and authors. Organizational Research Methods. doi: 10.1177/1094428119836485
- Aguinis, H., & Glavas, A. 2019. On corporate social responsibility, sensemaking, and the search for meaningfulness through work. Journal of Management, 45: 1057-1086.
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- Aguinis, H., Ramani, R. S., & Villamor, I. 2019. The first 20 years of Organizational Research Methods: Trajectory, impact, and predictions for the future. Organizational Research Methods, 22: 463-489.
- Aguinis, H., Ramani, R. S., Alabduljader, N., Bailey, J. R., & Lee, J. 2019. A pluralist conceptualization of scholarly impact in management education: Students as stakeholders. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 18: 11-42.
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- Ng, T. W. H., Yam, K. C., & Aguinis, H. 2019. Employee perceptions of corporate social responsibility: Effects on pride, embeddedness, and turnover. Personnel Psychology, 72: 107-137.
- Recipient of IACMR-Responsible Research in Management Award recognizing excellent scholarship that focuses on important issues for business and society using sound research methods with credible results.
- 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: 1283-1306.
- Runner up for Saroj Parasuraman Outstanding Publication Award by Academy of Management Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division recognizing the best peer-reviewed journal article in the field of gender and diversity among all those published in calendar year 2018.
- McKenny, A. F., Aguinis, H., Short, J. C., & Anglin, A. H. 2018. What doesn’t get measured does exist: Improving the accuracy of computer-aided text analysis. Journal of Management, 44: 2909-2933.
- 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.
- 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.
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