Monday, August 6, 2012 Strategic Human Resource Management News
Academy of Management Recognizes Barry Gerhart for Career Achievement, Chad Navis for Best Entrepreneurship Paper by Staff

Professor Barry Gerhart this week was recognized with the Herbert G. Heneman, Jr. Career Achievement Award from the Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management.  Gerhart holds the Bruce R. Ellig Distinguished Chair in Pay and Organizational Effectiveness at the Wisconsin School of Business.

The award is named after the late father of Wisconsin School of Business Professor Emeritus Herb Heneman, who was at the University of Minnesota many years ago and a major influence on the field of Human Resources Management.

Gerhart’s work has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Management and Organization Review, the International Journal of Human Resource Management, and many other top journals. He has co-authored five textbooks on human resource management and contributed chapters in several leading books in the field.

In a study published in the Journal of Management, Gerhart was listed among the top 1 percent of most-cited authors in the field of management for the period from 1981-2004. Most recently, his article entitled, Impact of Human Resources Management on Organizational Performance:  Progress and Prospects, reached over 2,000 citations on Google Scholar.

Gerhart has received the International Human Resource Management Scholarly Research Award, Scholarly Achievement Award, and Outstanding Paper Award from the Academy of Management’s Human Resources Division.

Assistant Professor Chad Navis was also recognized this week by the Academy of Management. For the second consecutive year, Navis received the IDEA Thought Leader Award from the Entrepreneurship Division for best published entrepreneurship paper. Legitimate distinctiveness and the entrepreneurial identity: Influence on investor judgments of new venture plausibility, co-authored by Mary Ann Glynn, offers insights into how entrepreneurs in nascent market spaces can gain (or lose) resource support. Navis and Glynn show that espousing distinctive competitive advantages before the new market category is sufficiently established could have negative impacts for entrepreneurs. Rather, their research suggests working together with competition to define new market categories may be the logical first step.

Joe Raffiee, a doctoral student in Management and Human Resources, received an outstanding 2012 Student Paper Award from the Entrepreneurship Division for his paper, Does X Lead Me to Infer Y?  Distal and Proximate Analogies and the Initiation of Product Markets. Raffiee’s work on this paper began as part of his collaboration with Jon Eckhardt, associate professor of Management and Human Resources, and Executive Director of the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship.

Gerhart, Navis, and Raffiee were presented with their awards during the Academy of Management’s 2012 Annual Meeting, held in Boston, August 3-7.