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Paul Sparrow, Ph.D.
Paul Sparrow, Ph.D., is the recipient of the 2016 Michael R. Losey Excellence in Human Resource Research Award. Sparrow was recognized at the general session of the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM's) Volunteer Leaders' Summit in Washington, D.C.
Sparrow is emeritus professor of international human resource management at Lancaster University Management School in the United Kingdom and visiting scholar at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations in New Jersey. His extensive work background includes serving as director at the Centre for Performance-Led HR at Lancaster University's Management School, where he also was professor of international human resource management.
He received a plaque and $50,000 check in recognition of his contributions to the HR field.
He has served on numerous boards and panels and is a prolific author, writing or editing 123 books and monographs, 61 international journal articles, and 67 business publications.
The United Kingdom publication Human Resources magazine voted Sparrow as one of the Most Influential HR Practitioners in 2016 and named him among its Top 10 Most Influential HR Thinkers for 2014 and 2016. Sparrow is the founder and senior editor of the Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance. Recently, he co-authored Globalizing Human Resource Management (Routledge, 2016).
He has received numerous grants to participate in research for such companies and organizations as the Lottery Research Fund and Rolls-Royce Aerospace.
"Data is hugely important to us," he said, noting that its analysis is one way to bridge the worlds of academics and HR practitioners. "Numbers are important to HR," he acknowledged, "but so is the quality and complexity of the work we do. HR is an art form," he said. That means being able to make "political" choices that focus on what is doable.
"The learning we can create when we have that data—as academics and practitioners—is just remarkable," he said
The SHRM Foundation sponsors the research award that honors Michael R. Losey, who was attending the summit. He served the HR profession for more than 45 years and retired as president and CEO of SHRM in 2000. His new book will be available from the Society for Human Resource Management in 2017.
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