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Mitchell wins Academy of Management Journal Best Paper Award

Terence Mitchell, a professor of management and organization at the University of Washington Foster School of Business, received the 2011 Academy of Management Journal (AMJ) Best Paper Award, along with two additional research awards, at the academy’s annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

The Academy of Management Journal is considered the premier journal of management research in the world.

Mitchell shares the AMJ Best Paper Award with co-authors David R. Hekman, Bradley P. Owens, Keith Leavitt (all former Foster School doctoral students), Karl Aquino, and Pauline Schilpzand. The winning paper, “An Examination of Whether and How Racial and Gender Biases Influence Customer Satisfaction,” demonstrates that customer ratings tend to be biased against women and racial minorities, potentially contributing to compensation inequity.

The same paper also earned Mitchell and his coauthors the academy’s Gender and Diversity Best Paper Award. Additionally, Mitchell, Leavitt and Foster School doctoral student Jeff Peterson won the award for the best paper published in the journal Organizational Research Methods from the Academy Research Methods division.

“For the past 40 years Terry Mitchell has been a world-recognized scholar in organizational behavior,” says Thomas Lee, associate dean for faculty and academic affairs at the Foster School. “And given his run of recent awards and current papers in press, he may be having his most productive year ever.”

That’s saying something. Mitchell received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management in 2010. He ranks 35th among the world’s most influential management scholars in a 2008 study published in the Journal of Management.

Since joining the University of Washington in 1969 after earning his PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Mitchell has authored formative research on leadership, motivation, decision making and employee retention. He has published more than 120 articles in major professional journals, delivered more than 120 addresses at major professional meetings, contributed more than 40 chapters to edited volumes and published four books.

Recent recognition includes awards for his research methods paper on time, co-authored with Larry James, which won the Academy of Management Review Best Paper Award in 2001. His paper on turnover with Tom Lee in Research in Organizational Behavior won the 2001 Best Paper published in the field of Organizational Behavior. His seminal 2006 paper on job embeddedness, co-authored by Lee and Brooks Holtom, earned that year’s Academy of Management award for Outstanding Practitioner Oriented Publication in Organizational Behavior.

Mitchell has served on the executive committee of the Organizational Behavior Division and on the governing board of the Society for Organizational Behavior.  At the Foster School, Mitchell is the Edward E. Carlson Distinguished Professor in Business Administration, and serves as faculty director of the school’s PhD Program.

Mitchell is a Fellow of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industry and Organizational Psychology, from which he received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award in 1998, also a career contribution award.