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Alan M. 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

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.

  • Getting Newcomers Engaged: The Role of Socialization Tactics

    A. M. Saks & J. A. Gruman

    Journal of Managerial Psychology

    Issue:26

    2011

    Pages: 383-402.

  • 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.

  • Management Training and Development

    A. M. Saks, P. Tamkin, and P. Lewis

    International Journal of Training and Development

    Issue:15

    2011

    Pages: 179-183.

  • 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.

  • Performance Management and Employee Engagement

    J. A. Gruman & A. M. Saks

    Human Resource Management Review

    Issue:21

    2011

    Pages: 123-136.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • The Effects of Self-Efficacy on Behavior in Escalation Situations

    G. Whyte & A. M. Saks

    Human Performance

    Issue:20

    2007

    Pages: 23-42.

  • 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.

  • Antecedents and Consequences of Employee Engagement

    A. M. Saks

    Journal of Managerial Psychology

    Issue:21(7)

    2006

    Pages: 600-619.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Trait Affect and Job Search Outcomes

    S. Cote, A. M. Saks, J. Zikic.

    Journal of Vocational Behavior

    Issue:68

    2006

    Pages: 233-252.

  • 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.

  • Personal Control in Organizations: A Longitudinal Investigation with Newcomers

    B. E. Ashforth & A. M. Saks

    Human Relations

    Issue:53

    2000

    Pages: 311-339.

  • 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.

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

  • 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

  • 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

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Effects of Multiple Recruitment Activities on Applicant Attraction.

    A. M. Saks & K. L. Uggerslev.

    Academy of Management, Honolulu

    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

  • Organizational Socailization Tactics and Newcomer Proactive Tactics: An Integrative Study.

    J. Gruman & A. M. Saks.

    Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Toronto

    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

  • Training Investments and Firm Performance: Does Firm Size Matter?

    A. M. Saks, T. Cook, & S. Grover.

    Administrative Science Association of Canada, Toronto

    2005

  • 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

  • A Strategic and Integrative Approach to Recruitment

    A. M. Saks

    2004 Workplace Education and Learning Conference, The Conference Board of Canada, Toronto.

    2004

  • 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

  • Does Training REALLY Improve Performance.

    A. M. Saks

    2004 Workplace Education and Learning Conference, The Conference Board of Canada, Toronto.

    2004

  • Employee Engagement: Myth, Science, and Practice

    A. M. Saks

    2004 Centre for Industrial Relations Alumni Showcase, University of Toronto

    2004

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.

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

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

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