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Groundbreaking Professor Latham Joins SHRM Board

By SHRM Online staff  1/2/2008

Professor Gary Latham, Secretary of State Professor of Organizational Effectiveness at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, has been elected to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Board of Directors. He begins a one-year term in January 2008.

Latham has received many prestigious awards for his work in industrial/organizational psychology. He is the 2006 winner of the Michael R. Losey Human Resource Research Award from SHRM, which carries a $50,000 prize toward research. In 2007, Latham received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management. He is the only person to receive both the awards for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Profession (1998) and as a Science (2002) from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

Latham also is the only person in his field to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is a past president of the Canadian Psychological Association and is the 2008 president of SIOP. He also is a Fellow of the American and Canadian Psychological Associations and the Association for Psychological Science and the Academy of Management. He was in the first group of scholars to be made a Fellow of the International Association of Applied Psychology.

Latham’s contributions to HR research include the situational interview, which is based on the premise that an applicant’s intentions predict subsequent behavior on the job. This type of interview, grounded in goal-setting theory, has been proved by other researchers to minimize interviewer biases.

Much of Latham’s other research has focused on performance management and how it relates to training and motivation. In addition to developing the concept of Behavioral Observation scales for evaluating employee performance, he has explored how to help people develop skills that transfer to different organizational settings and how to re-energize workers who are no longer motivated to use the skills they have.

Latham is a prolific author and speaker. He has published 140 articles and book chapters, five books, and several cassettes and videos, and he has given over 180 presentations.

Latham received a doctorate in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio, a master’s degree in social/industrial psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, and a bachelor’s degree in experimental psychology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

For more information about the SHRM board of directors, please visit its home page at www.shrm.org/board.

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