Cornell professor wins Academy of Management award for best HR paper

Jun 19, 2013

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Tim Hinkin, the Georges and Marian St. Laurent Professor in Applied Business Management at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, and his colleagues have been selected to receive the 2013 Scholarly Achievement Award, given by the Human Resource Division of the Academy of Management for the most significant article in human resource management published during 2012.

The paper examined how the relationship between an employee's job satisfaction trajectory and subsequent turnover may change depending on the employee's unit's job satisfaction trajectory and its dispersion. Hinkin and his colleagues published the article in the December issue of the Academy of Management Journal.

The paper, "When employees are out of step with coworkers: How job satisfaction trajectory and dispersion influence individual- and unit-level voluntary turnover," was written by Hinkin and co-authors Dong Liu of the Georgia Institute of Technology; Terence R. Mitchell and Thomas W. Lee of the University of Washington at Seattle; and Brooks C. Holtom of Georgetown University.

The Scholarly Achievement Award is selected by a committee of leading scholars in human resources. According to the award letter, the committee chooses the winning article based on the significance and importance of the problem to human resources; the extent to which the design, findings, or orientation advances research or theory; and the likelihood that the paper will be widely cited in future published works. The authors will receive the award at the Academy of Management meeting in Orlando in August.

Hinkin has taught at the School of Hotel Administration since 1992. He currently serves as the Richard J. and Monene P. Bradley Director of Graduate Studies and teaches in the school's Professional Development Program. His primary research focus is in leadership, employee retention, supervisor-subordinate relationships, and managing service quality.

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