Hackman, J. Richard: Tenth Recipient, SIOP Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award

J. Richard Hackman was recognized with the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) in 1992, for field-defining research that has profoundly shaped both job design and team design in organizations. In these two distinct subjects—the characteristics of motivating work, and influences on the effectiveness of task-performing teams—he is the single most important scholar, and his work is the fundamental platform upon which students of organizations build research and practice.

Hackman received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from MacMurray College and his doctorate in social psychology from the University of Illinois. In his doctoral research, studying with Joseph E. McGrath, he began exploring the properties of work tasks and how they influence team work strategies and team performance. Hackman was ...

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