Gilad Chen, the Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, is the winner of the William A. Owens Scholarly Achievement Award. The award recognizes research with the highest potential to significantly impact in the field of industrial and organizational psychology. It is given annually by Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Chen will receive the award at the organization’s annual conference in Houston in April 2013.
Chen was recognized for his research on employee job satisfaction, published in the Academy of Management Journal in February 2011 in an article titled, “The power of momentum: A new model of dynamic relationship between job satisfaction change and turnover intentions.”
Chen chairs the department of Management and Organization at the Smith School. He is an active researcher in the areas of work motivation, adaptation, teams and leadership, with particular interest in understanding the complex interface between individuals and the socio-technical organizational context. He teaches courses on a variety of organizational behavior, human resource management, and methodological topics.
Chen’s research has been recognized with several awards, including the 2007 Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the 2008 Cummings Scholar Award from the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management.
His work has appeared in the top journals in the field, including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, and Research in Organizational Behavior. Chen is currently the associate editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology and as an editorial board member of the Academy of Management Journal, and is an active member of the Academy of Management and the Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology.
Prior to joining the Smith School, Chen was on the faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Texas A&M University, and a visiting scholar at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Technion, and Tel-Aviv University.
Chen received his bachelor degree in psychology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1996, and his doctoral degree in industrial/organizational psychology from George Mason University in 2001.