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Gary P. Latham

Gary Latham

    Gary P. Latham

    Secretary of State Professor of Organizational Effectiveness  
    Professor of Organizational Behaviour and HR Management

    Degrees: PhD, University of Akron
    MS, Georgia Tech
    BA, Dalhousie University
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    Gary Latham is the Secretary of State Professor of Organizational Effectiveness. He is a former President of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and President of Work and Organizational Psychology, a division of the International Association of Applied Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, Academy of Management, CPA, National Academy of Human Resources, SIOP, and the Royal Society of Canada. He is the only recipient of both awards: Distinguished Contributions to Science and to Practice from SIOP.

    Academic Positions

    1990-present  Secretary of State Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Rotman School of Management; University of Toronto. Cross appointment in the Graduate Faculty in the Centre for Industrial Relations, the Department of Psychology and the Faculty of Nursing
    1983-1990  Ford Motor Research Professor; Business School, University of Washington (Chair of Management Department, 1986-1989)

    Non-Academic Positions

    2016-present  Editor;Organizational Dynamics
    2014-present  President;Work and Organizational Psychology, International Association of Applied Psychology
    2010-2014  President Elect;Work and Organizational Psychology, International Association of Applied Psychology
    2009-2010  Past President;Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    2008-2009  President;Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    2007-2008  President Elect;Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    2000-2001  Past President;Canadian Psychological Association
    1999-2000  President;Canadian Psychological Association
    1998-1999  President Elect;Canadian Psychological Association
    1973-1976  Manager and Staff Psychologist;Human Resource Research, Weyerhaeuser Company, Tacoma, Washington
    1969-1971  Staff Psychologist;Harvesting Research Project, American Pulpwood Association, Atlanta, Georgia

    Selected Publications - Papers

    Selected Publications - Books and Chapters

    • New Developments in Goal Setting and Task Performance; E. Locke; Routledge. New York.; 2013
    • Work motivation: History, theory, research and practice; Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage; Issue: 2nd Ed.; 2012
    • Work motivation and performance management prescriptions; with Greenbaum, R.L. & Bardes, M.; In C. Cooper & R. Burke (Eds.), The Peak Performing Organization. London: Routledge; 2009; Pages: 33-49
    • Becoming the Evidenced-based Manager: Making the science of management work for you; Davies-Black - SHRM; 2009
    • Employee motivation; with E. A. Locke; In C.L. Cooper & J. Barling (Eds.), Handbook of Organizational Behavior. Los Angeles: Sage; 2008; Pages: 318-333
    • The influence of organizational politics on performance appraisal; with S. D. Russo, S.; In C. Cooper and S. Cartwright (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Personnel Psychology (pp.388-410). Oxford University Press. Oxford University Press. Oxford, UK; 2008; Pages: 388-410
    • The study of employee motivation in the 20th Century.; with M. Budworth; In L. Koppes (Ed.) The Science and Practice of Industrial-Organizational Psychology: The first hundred years. Lawrence Erlbaum: Mahwah, NJ; 2007; Pages: 353-381
    • Advances in the science of performance appraisal: Implications for practice; with S. Mann; In G.P. Hodgkinson & J.K. Ford (Eds.), International Journal of Organizational and Industrial Psychology; Issue: 21; 2006; Pages: 295-337
    • How can training be used to foster organizational justice.; with D. Skarlicki; In J. Greenberg & J. Colquitt (Eds). Handbook of Organizational Justice. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates; 2005; Pages: 499-522
    • Leadership in the private sector: Yesterday versus tomorrow. In C. Cooper (Ed.), The Twenty-first Century Manager; with C.D. McCauley; Oxford University Press; 2005; Pages: 204-228
    • Goal setting theory: Theory by induction; with E.A. Locke; In K. Smith & M. Hitt (Eds.), Great minds in management: The process of theory development; 2005; Pages: 128-150
    • The high performance cycle: Standing the test of time; with Locke, E.A. & Fassina, N.E.; In S. Sonnentag (Ed.), The psychological management of individual performance. A handbook in the psychology of management in organizations. Chichester: Wiley; 2002; Pages: 201-228
    • Increasing re-employment through training in verbal self-guidance; with Z. Millman; In M. Erez, U. Kleinbeck, & H.K. Thierry (Eds.), Work motivation in the context of a globalizing economy; 2001; Pages: 87-97
    • Motivating performance through goals.; In E.A. Locke (Ed.) Handbook of principles of organizational behavior. Oxford: Blackwell.; 2000
    • A Research Agenda for the Situational Interview; The Employment Interview: Theory Research and Practice. R.W. Eder and M.M. Harris (Eds.) Sage Publications Inc; 1999
    • A Legally Defensible Interview for Selecting the Best; with C. Sue-Chan; Fair Employment Strategies, R.S. Barrett (Ed), New York: Quorum Books; 1996; Pages: 134-143
    • Skills for managerial success: Theory, experience, and practice; with L.W. Mealiea; Chicago: Irwin; 1996
    • A Theory of Goal Setting and Task Performance; with E.A. Locke; Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall; 1990
    • Goal Setting: A motivational technique that works; with E.A, Locke; Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall; 1984

    Academic / Professional Service

    2016-present  Board of Directors; Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    2016-present  Council of Representatives; American Psychological Association
    2010-present  Board of Directors; International Association of Applied Psychology
    2008-2012  Board of Directors; Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
    2001-2007  Board of Governors; Centre for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C.
    1994-2001  Board of Trustees; Canadian Psychological Association
    1994-1995  Chair, Convention Committee; Canadian Psychological Association
      Editorial Boards: Journal of Behavior Management, Group and Organization Management; Asian Pacific Journal of Human Resources, Applied Psychology: An International Review, Canadian Journal of Administrative Science, Organization Dynamics, Journal of Management
    1995  Human Resources Advisory Committee, for the Vice-President of Human Resources; University of Toronto

    Honors and Awards

    2010  Practice-Relevant Scholarship Award; Academy of Management
    2010  Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources
    2009-2010  James McKeen Cattell Award for Lifetime of Outstanding Contributions to Applied Psychological Research; Association for Psychological Science
    2008-2011  Deputy Dean of Fellows; Academy of Management
    2008  Thomas A Mahoney Mentoring Award; Academy of Management
    2008  Harry and Miriam Levinson Award for Exceptional Contribution to Consulting Organizational Psychology; American Psychological Foundation
    2007  Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organizational Behavior Division, Academy of Management
    2006  Recipient of the Michael R. Losey Human Resource Research Award from the Society for Human Resource Management
    2006  Fellow of the International Association of Applied Psychology (First Cohort)
    2004  Heneman Award for Career Achievement; Human Resource Research from the Human Resource Division of the Academy of Management
    2004  Recipient of the Distinguished Scholar/Practitioner Award from the Academy of Management
    2002  Recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology of the American Psychological Association; (First person to have received both the award for science and the Distinguished Proessional Contributions Award 1998)
    2000  President of the Canadian Psychological Association
    1999  President-elect of the Canadian Psychological Association
    1998  Recipient of the Distinguished Professional Contributions Award from the Society of Industrial Organizational Psychology of the American Psychological Association
    1997  First recipient of the Distinguished Contributions to the Industrial-Organizational Psychology in Canada Award from the Canadian Psychological Association
      Listed in Who's Who in the West; Listed in Community Leaders of America, American Biographic Institute
    1996  Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
    1992  Fellow of the American Psychological Society
    Nov 1991  Visiting Distinguished Scientist; University of Amsterdam
    Dec 1989  Visiting Distinguished Scientist; Taiwan
    1988  Recipient of 'Outstanding Publication in Organizational Behavior in 1988' from the Academy of Management
    1987  Fellow of the Academy of Management
    1986-1990  Ford Motor Company Professor of Management and Organization; University of Washington
    1985  Recipient of the Burlington Northern Foundation Distinguished Scholar Award; University of Washington
    1983  Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association
    1979  Fellow of the American Psychological Association; Fellow of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology

    Research and Teaching Interests

    Teaches courses in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour. Research includes employee motivation, performance appraisal and training. Currently has a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant to investigate priming goal setting in the subconscious.  

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