College Park, Md. – March 15, 2012 – Hui Liao, associate professor of management and organization at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, was honored with the 2012 Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award. The prestigious award is one of the highest professional honors in the field of organizational behavior, given annually by the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management to recognize outstanding early- to mid-career scholarly achievement.
Liao is a prolific researcher in the areas of organizational behavior, leadership and human resources. This is not the first time her work has been recognized – in 2010, she won the similar award “Scholarly Achievement Award” from the Academy of Management’s Human Resources Division, and in 2009 she was recognized with the “Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award” from the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology.
“Professor Liao has quickly become one of the top researchers in her field and a tremendous contributor to the strength of the management faculty at the Smith School,” said G. “Anand” Anandalingam, dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business. “Our faculty are truly shaping the future of business with their research, which they translate to the classroom to help our students leave here to become leaders armed with the latest management knowledge.”
Liao’s work has appeared in the field’s top journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Organization Science, and Personnel Psychology. She has conducted field research with small businesses and multinational corporations in various cultural settings, including the United States, mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Europe and the UAE.
Liao currently serves as an associate editor for Personnel Psychology, a top-tier journal in management and applied psychology. In addition to her research accomplishments, she has also been consistently recognized for her exemplary teaching by the Smith School.
Before joining the Smith School, Liao was on the faculties of the Rutgers University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her PhD with concentrations in organizational behavior and human resources from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, and her BA in international economics from the Renmin University of China.