MSB Professor Receives Honor, MSB Students Contribute to Award-Winning Research

August 08, 2007

At the recent Academy of Management Conference held in Philadelphia, Dr. Brooks Holtom received this year's award for "Outstanding Practitioner-Oriented Publication in Organizational Behavior." He was recognized for his publication, "Increasing human and social capital by applying job embeddedness theory" which was published in Organizational Dynamics. His research paper describes how various industries may increase rates of employee retention. The award is given annually by the OB Division and recognizes a published article that makes the most significant contribution to the practice of management in the field of Organizational Behavior.

Professor Holtom notes he was assisted by two McDonough School of Business undergraduate students in preparing the paper. Michael Karamat (MSB '07) and Michael Masterson (MSB '08) spent most of Fall Semester 2005 searching business publications for examples of programs that are effective in helping organizations to retain top talent.

As participants in the GUROP program (Georgetown Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program;, the students built a searchable database filled with examples that Professor Holtom used to connect more than a decade of academic research to successful practices in real-world organizations. "Michael and Mike did a fantastic job reading and cataloging hundreds of articles in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Business Week, and other leading business publications. They continually suggested ways to improve the research and the resulting publication," he notes.

While his focus is on conducting high-quality original research published in top-tier academic journals, Professor Holtom also recognizes the importance of translating academic research into actionable information for professionals. "Given the importance of the teaching mission of the MSB, it is critical to periodically reflect on what we have learned through theoretical and empirical advancements and put it in language that is easily understood and provide proven ideas that are ready to implement," he says.

To determine the award winning paper, six highly regarded researchers in management reviewed all the 2006 articles published in leading professional journals (Academy Perspectives, Business Horizons, California Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Organizational Dynamics, and Sloan Management Review).

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