Ben is a Senior Research Fellow, CEB Valtera and Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Maryland.
As the nominator aptly described: “Ben’s tremendously creative, rigorous, thought-provoking, and high-impact research has had a profound influence on the field of organizational behavior, planting the seeds for and shaping research on a far-ranging list of topics including the attraction-selection-attrition cycle; organizational culture and climate; linkages between employee attitudes and perceptions and organizational performance; customer service and the nature of and drivers of effectiveness in service organizations; and, most recently, employee engagement.” Ben has published over 150 refereed journal articles and chapters, including nearly 30 in Journal of Applied Psychology and Personnel Psychology alone, along with 10 books. According to the Web of Science, Ben’s publications have been cited nearly 5,000 times, including nearly 1,000 for his 1987 PPsych masterpiece, “The people make the place.” Ben has also received numerous awards for his research and career contributions. Finally, Ben has been a wonderful role model for our profession: our nominator adds, “On top of all this, Ben is a generous and generative mentor and teacher who has chaired over 40 dissertations,” and he’s served on numerous editorial boards and as a consulting editor for several prestigious book series. Ben is truly a titan in our field.
Many thanks to the award committee: Blake Ashforth, Tom Bateman, Dan Cable, Herminia Ibarra, and Jone Pearce.