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Release: June 24, 2002

Schmidt wins Academy of Management Distinguished Career Award

Frank 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 Schmidt’s research.

"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.