Gerhart Receives Losey Research Award

By SHRM Online staff November 16, 2018

​Barry Gerhart, Ph.D., is the winner of the 2018 Michael R. Losey Excellence in Human Resource Research Award. It recognizes lifetime achievement in human resource research and significant research contributions that impact the HR management field.

Gerhart's research interests include compensation, HR strategy and international human resources. He has co-authored several books, including Human Resource Management (McGraw Hill, 2018) and Compensation (McGraw-Hill Education/Stony Brook University, 2018).

"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," he said. "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."

Pay-for-performance issues have been a major focus for him throughout his career, he noted. More recently, he has developed a research program on international human resource management. He said he intends to continue to focus on both areas.

The award was announced Nov. 16 at the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM's) Volunteer Leaders' Summit, which was held at the National Harbor in Maryland.

Gerhart is the Bruce R. Ellig Distinguished Chair in Pay and Organizational Effectiveness and the interim Albert O. Nicholas Dean at the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He has served as department chair or area coordinator at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.; Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.; and the University of Wisconsin. He also has served as senior associate dean at the University of Wisconsin. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and a doctorate in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin. Gerhart has been elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

The SHRM Foundation sponsors the award and $50,000 prize. It is named in honor of Michael Losey, who served the HR profession for more than 45 years, retired as president and CEO of SHRM in 2000, and is the author of Touching People's Lives: Leaders' Sorrow or Joy (SHRM, 2017).

Gerhart said he plans to donate some of the funds to the SHRM Foundation, some to support HR education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and some to support his research and that of his students on human resource management.

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