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Alan M. Saks

Alan Saks

    Alan M. Saks

    Professor of Organizational Behaviour and HR Management, Department of Management, University of Toronto Scarborough

    Degrees: PhD, University of Toronto
    MASc., University of Waterloo
    BA (Hons.), University of Western Ontario
    Email: Send an email to Alan M. Saks
    Phone: 416-978-5366

    Bio

    Alan Saks is a Professor of Organizational Behavior and HR Management in the Department of Management at University of Toronto-Scarborough, with a cross-appointment to the Organizational Behaviour area at Rotman. He conducts research on organizational entry and the school-to-work transition such as job search, recruitment, and the socialization and on-boarding of new hires. He has also studied and written about the transfer of training, employee engagement, and workplace spirituality. His teaching includes courses in Organizational Behaviour, Research Methods in Industrial Relations and Human Resources, Training and Development, and Human Resource Planning and Strategy.

    Academic Positions

    2002-Present  Professor; University of Toronto
    1997-2002  Associate Professor; York University
    1995-1996  Associate Professor; Concordia University
    1990-1995  Assistant Professor; Concordia University

    Selected Publications - Papers

    • An Investigation into the Relationship Between Training Evaluation and the Transfer of Training; A. M. Saks & L. A. Burke; International Journal of Training and Development; Issue: 16; 2012; Pages: 118-127.
    • An Investigation into the Validity of Two Measures of Work Engagement; A. Viljevac, H. D. Cooper-Thomas, & A. M. Saks; The International Journal of Human Resource Management; Issue: 23(17); 2012; Pages: 3692-3709.
    • Performance Management and Employee Engagement; J. A. Gruman & A. M. Saks; Human Resource Management Review; Issue: 21; 2011; Pages: 123-136.
    • Organizational Socialization and Positive Organizational Behaviour: Implications for Theory, Research, and Practice; A. M. Saks & J. A. Gruman; Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences; Issue: 28; 2011; Pages: 4-16.
    • The Instrumental-Symbolic Framework: Organisational Image and Attractiveness of Potential Applicants and their Companions at a Job Fair; G. Van Hoye & A. M. Saks; Applied Psychology: An International Review; Issue: 60; 2011; Pages: 311-335.
    • Manage Employee Engagement to Manage Performance; A. M. Saks & J. A. Gruman; Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice; Issue: 4; 2011; Pages: 204-207.
    • The Neglected Role of Proactive Behavior and Outcomes in Newcomer Socialization; A. M. Saks, J. A. Gruman, & H. Cooper-Thomas; Journal of Vocational Behavior; Issue: 79; 2011; Pages: 36-46.
    • Getting Newcomers Engaged: The Role of Socialization Tactics; A. M. Saks & J. A. Gruman; Journal of Managerial Psychology; Issue: 26; 2011; Pages: 383-402.
    • Socialization Preferences and Intentions: Does One Size Fit All?; J. A. Gruman & A. M. Saks; Journal of Vocational Behavior; Issue: 79; 2011; Pages: 419-427.
    • Management Training and Development; A. M. Saks, P. Tamkin, and P. Lewis; International Journal of Training and Development; Issue: 15; 2011; Pages: 179-183.
    • Workplace Spirituality and Employee Engagement; Alan M. Saks; Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion; Issue: 8; 2011; Pages: 317-340.
    • Sequential and Combined Effects of Recruitment Information on Applicant Reactions; A. M. Saks & K. L. Uggerslev; Journal of Business and Psychology; Issue: 25; 2010; Pages: 351-365.
    • Job Search and Social Cognitive Theory: The Role of Career-Relevant Activities; J. Zikic & A. M. Saks; Journal of Vocational Behavior; Issue: 74; 2009; Pages: 117-127.
    • Accountability in Training Transfer: Adapting Schlenker's Model of Responsibility to a Persistent but Solvable Problem; L. A. Burke & A. M. Saks; Human Resource Development Review; Issue: 8(3); 2009; Pages: 382-402.
    • The Meaning and Bleeding of Employee Engagement: How Muddy is the Water?; A. M. Saks; Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice; Issue: 1; 2008; Pages: 40-43.
    • Job search as Goal-Directed Behavior: Objectives and Methods; G. Van Hoye & A. M. Saks; Journal of Vocational Behavior; Issue: 73; 2008; Pages: 358-367.
    • Is the Third-Generation Model New and Is It the Holy Grail of Adaptive Learning; A. M. Saks & R. R. Haccoun; Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice; Issue: 1; 2008; Pages: 480-483.
    • The Effects of Self-Efficacy on Behavior in Escalation Situations; G. Whyte & A. M. Saks; Human Performance; Issue: 20; 2007; Pages: 23-42.
    • Socialization Tatics, Proactive Behavior, and Newcomer Learning: Integrating Socialization Models; B. E. Ashforth, D. M. Sluss, & A. M. Saks; Journal of Vocational Behavior; Issue: 70; 2007; Pages: 447-462
    • Socialization Tactics and Newcomer Adjustment: A Meta-Analytic Review and Test of a Model; A. M. Saks, K. L. Uggerslev, & N. E. Fassina; Journal of Vocational Behavior; Issue: 70; 2007; Pages: 413-446.
    • A Review and Critique of Research on Training and Organizational-Level Outcomes; P. Tharenou, A. M. Saks, & C. Moore; Human Resource Management Review; Issue: 17; 2007; Pages: 251-273.
    • Trait Affect and Job Search Outcomes; S. Cote, A. M. Saks, J. Zikic.; Journal of Vocational Behavior; Issue: 68; 2006; Pages: 233-252.
    • Multiple Predictors and Criteria of Job Search Success; A. M. Saks; Journal of Vocational Behavior; Issue: 68; 2006; Pages: 400-415.
    • Organizational Socialization Tactics and Newcomer Proactive Behaviors: An Integrative Study; J. A. Gruman, A. M. Saks, & D. I. Zweig; Journal of Vocational Behavior; Issue: 69; 2006; Pages: 90-104.
    • Effects of Discriminatory Interview Questions and Gender on Applicant Reactions; A. M. Saks & J. M. McCarthy; Journal of Business and Psychology; Issue: 21; 2006; Pages: 175-191.
    • Antecedents and Consequences of Employee Engagement; A. M. Saks; Journal of Managerial Psychology; Issue: 21(7); 2006; Pages: 600-619.
    • An Investigation of Training Activities and Transfer of Training in Organizations; A. M. Saks and M. Belcourt; Human Resource Management; Issue: 45; 2006; Pages: 629-648.
    • A Longitudinal Quasi-Experiment on the Effects of Posttraining Transfer Interventions; A. P. Gaudine & A. M. Saks; Human Resource Development Quarterly; Issue: 15; 2004; Pages: 57-76.
    • Translating Training Science into Practice: A Study of Managers' Reactions to Posttraining Transfer Interventions; P. Huint & A. M. Saks; Human Resource Development Quarterly; Issue: 14; 2003; Pages: 181-198.
    • Is Job Search Related to Employment Quality? It all Depends on the Fit; A. M. Saks & B. E. Ashforth; Journal of Applied Psychology; Issue: 87; 2002; Pages: 646-654.
    • Effects of an Absenteeism Feedback Intervention on Employee Absence Behavior; A. P. Gaudine & A. M. Saks; Journal of Organizational Behavior; Issue: 22; 2001; Pages: 15-29.
    • Change in Job Search Behaviors and Employment Outcomes; A. M. Saks & B. E. Ashforth; Journal of Vocational Behavior; Issue: 56; 2000; Pages: 277-287.
    • The Role of Dispositions, Entry Stressors, and Behavioral Plasticity Theory in Predicting Newcomers' Adjustment to Work; A. M. Saks & B. E. Ashforth; Journal of Organizational Behavior; Issue: 21; 2000; Pages: 43-62.
    • Personal Control in Organizations: A Longitudinal Investigation with Newcomers; B. E. Ashforth & A. M. Saks; Human Relations; Issue: 53; 2000; Pages: 311-339.

    Selected Publications - Books and Chapters

    • Organizational Behaviour: Understanding and Managing Life at Work; Gary Johns and Alan M. Saks; Pearson Education Canada; Issue: 8th Edition; 2011
    • Managing Performance Through Training and Development; Alan M. Saks and Robert R. Haccoun; Nelson; Issue: 5th Edition; 2010
    • Organizational Socialization and Newcomer Engagement; Alan M. Saks and Jamie A. Gruman; In Simon L. Albrecht (Ed.) Handbook of Employee Engagement: Perspectives, Issues, Research and Practice. Edward Elgar; 2010; Pages: 297-308
    • The Impracticality of Recruitment Research; Alan M. Saks; In Neil Anderson, Arne Evers, & Olga Voskuijl (Eds.), Blackwell Handbook of Selection. Blackwell; 2005; Pages: 47-72.
    • Job Search Success: A Review and Integration of the Predictors, Behaviors, and Outcomes; Alan M. Saks; In Steven Brown & Robert Lent (Eds.), Career Development and Counselling: Putting Theory and Research to Work. John Wiley & Sons Inc.; 2005; Pages: 155-179
    • Job Search; Alan M. Saks; In Charles Spielberger (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology. Elsevier Inc.; 2004; Pages: 457-465
    • Feeling Your Way: Emotions and Organizational Entry; B. E. Ashforth & A. M. Saks; In R. G. Lord, R. J. Klimoski, & R. Kanfer (Eds.), Emotions in the Workplace: Understanding the Structure and Role of Emotions in Organizational Behavior. Jossey-Bass; 2002; Pages: 331-369.
    • Research, Measurement, and Evaluation of Human Resources; Alan M. Saks; Nelson; 2000

    Recent Presentations

    • Socialization tatics, proactivity, and learning: How process and content influence adjustment.; B. E. Ashforth, D. M. Sluss, & A. M. Saks; Academy of Management, Atlanta; 2006
    • Meta-Analysis of Socialization Tactics and Newcomer Adjustment; A.M. Saks, K. L., Uggerslev, N. E. Fassina; The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Dallas; 2006
    • Effects of Multiple Recruitment Activities on Applicant Attraction.; A. M. Saks & K. L. Uggerslev.; Academy of Management, Honolulu; 2005
    • Research on Training and Organizational-Level Outcomes.; A. M. Saks, C. Moore, & P. Tharenou.; Administrative Science Association of Canada, Toronto; 2005
    • Socialization via Emotions: Effects of Socialization Tactics on Newcomers' Emotions and Adjustment.; A. M. Saks & S. Cote.; Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Toronto; 2005
    • Organizational Socailization Tactics and Newcomer Proactive Tactics: An Integrative Study.; J. Gruman & A. M. Saks.; Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Toronto; 2005
    • Training Investments and Firm Performance: Does Firm Size Matter?; A. M. Saks, T. Cook, & S. Grover.; Administrative Science Association of Canada, Toronto; 2005
    • Employee Engagement: A New Construct or Old Wine in a New Bottle?; A. M. Saks; Administrative Science Association of Canada, Toronto; 2005
    • Employee Engagement: Harnessing Connections Between Employees and their Work Roles; A. M. Saks; Assistant Deputy Minister (HR-Military) Strategic HR Conference on Employee Engagement and Organizational Culture, Ottawa.; 2005
    • An Examination of the Motivational-Self-Regulatory Model of Job Search; S. Cote, A. M. Saks, & J. Zikic; The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Annual Conference, Chicago; 2004
    • A Self-Regulatory Conceptualization of Newcomer Proactive Socialization; A. M. Saks, S. Taggar, & B. E. Ashforth; The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Annual Conference, Chicago; 2004
    • Employee Engagement: Myth, Science, and Practice; A. M. Saks; 2004 Centre for Industrial Relations Alumni Showcase, University of Toronto; 2004
    • Does Training REALLY Improve Performance.; A. M. Saks; 2004 Workplace Education and Learning Conference, The Conference Board of Canada, Toronto.; 2004
    • A Strategic and Integrative Approach to Recruitment; A. M. Saks; 2004 Workplace Education and Learning Conference, The Conference Board of Canada, Toronto.; 2004

    Academic / Professional Service

    Present  Associate Editor; Journal of Business and Psychology
    1996-Present  Editorial Board Member; Journal of Vocational Behavior
    2008-Present  Editorial Board Member; International Journal of Training and Development
    2010-Present  Editorial Board Member; Human Resource Development Review
    2011-Present  Editorial Board Member; Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies
    2009-2011  Editorial Board Member; Journal of Business and Psychology
    2008-2011  Editorial Board Member; Journal of Management
    2004-2007  Editorial Board Member; Personnel Psychology
    1999-2007  Editorial Board Member; Academy of Management Journal
    1999-2006  Editorial Board Member; Journal of Organizational Behavior
    1997-2001  Editorial Board Member; International Journal of Selection and Assessment

    Honors and Awards

    2011  Impact of Research Award; Emerald Group Publishing Limited
    1996  Best Paper published in the Canadian Journal of Administrative Studies; Administrative Sciences Association of Canada
    1996  Honourable Mention Award, OB Division; Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Annual Conference
    1993  Best Convention Paper Award, Human Resources Division; Academy of Management

    Research and Teaching Interests

    Professor Saks does research on organizational entry and the school-to-work transition such as job search, recruitment, and the socialization and on-boarding of new hires. He has also studied and written about the transfer of training, employee engagement, and workplace spirituality. His teaching includes courses in Organizational Behaviour, Research Methods in Industrial Relations and Human Resources, Training and Development, and Human Resource Planning and Strategy.  

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