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Release: June 24, 2002
Schmidt wins Academy of Management Distinguished Career Award
Schmidt, the Ralph L. Sheets Professor of Management and Organizations in
the Henry B. Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa, has been
named the winner of a Distinguished Career Award from the Academy of Management,
Research Methods Division.
The award recognizes the contributions of a scholar who has had a major
impact on the way management research is conducted, and who has stature in
the research methods community. Schmidt will be presented with a plaque and
honorarium at the Academy of Management meetings Aug. 9-14 in Denver, Colo.
A committee of seven members from the Academy's Research Methods Division
chose Schmidt for the award, noting both quality and quantity of his work.
The committee commended Schmidt's work in the development and application
of meta-analysis methods. Meta-analysis is a set of quantitative methods for
combining the findings of different, potentially conflicting, studies on the
same question to reveal the underlying meaning of the set of studies as a
whole. Schmidt is co-author of a widely used text on meta-analysis methods.
The selection committee said the application of meta-analysis has changed
how they and others conduct research in a wide variety of fields, from strategic
management to entrepreneurship to organizational behavior, new approaches
to utility analysis, extensive analysis on predictive fairness and differential
validity, the most thorough analyses of weighting issues in personnel selection,
and the invention of psychometric meta-analysis. The committee was also impressed
with the volume of Schmidt's work, noting more than 150 journal articles,
five books, 250 convention presentations, and more than 7,000 citations of
"Simply put, your work in a variety of areas has changed the way scholars
conduct research and the substantive conclusions that have been drawn from
this research," said Philip L. Roth, a professor of management at Clemson
University and chair of the Academy's Research Methods Committee.