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WSB’s Barry Gerhart Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award for Human Resource Research

By Clare Becker

November 19, 2018

Barry Gerhart, Interim Albert O. Nicholas Dean, stands in his office
Barry Gerhart’s areas of research include HR strategy, compensation and pay-for-performance, and international human resources. Photo by Paul L. Newby II

Barry Gerhart, interim Albert O. Nicholas Dean at the Wisconsin School of Business, is the winner of the 2018 Michael R. Losey Excellence in Human Resource Research Award—a lifetime achievement award from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) that recognizes significant research accomplishments and ongoing contributions to the field of HR management.

In addition to serving as interim Albert O. Nicholas Dean, Gerhart is the Bruce R. Ellig Distinguished Chair in Pay and Organizational Effectiveness and a professor in the Department of Management and Human Resources at WSB. His areas of research include HR strategy, compensation and pay-for-performance, and international human resources. His work has been published in top journals, and he is a co-author of Human Resource Management (now in its 11th edition) and Compensation (currently in its 12th edition).

 “My goal has been, and continues to be, to conduct research in the area of human resources that is rigorous and that helps inform practice,” Gerhart said in a statement released by SHRM. “Over the years, I have had the good fortune to work with and learn from wonderful colleagues from both the academic world and the business world on such research.”

Gerhart has received numerous other research and excellence awards over the course of his career, including several from the Academy of Management: the Herbert Heneman Jr. Career Achievement Award, the Thomas A. Mahoney Mentoring Award for his work with doctoral students, the Scholarly Achievement Award for best article, and the International Human Resource Management Scholarly Research Award (which he won twice). He has been elected a fellow with the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Gerhart earned his B.S. in psychology from Bowling Green State University and his Ph.D. in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He previously held leadership positions at Cornell University and Vanderbilt University, and has served as a senior associate dean at WSB.

The Losey award includes a $50,000 prize, which Gerhart plans to divide among supporting the SHRM Foundation, supporting HR education at UW–Madison, and supporting his research and that of his students’ in the area of human resource management.

The award is named after Michael Losey, a former SHRM president and CEO. With 300,000 members across 165 countries, SHRM is the largest professional HR society.