Professor Ian O. Williamson
Pro-Vice-Chancellor & Dean of the Wellington
School of Business and Government
School of Business and Government
Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)
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University of California, Irvine
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Prof. Williamson is a globally recognized expert in the area of human resource management. His research examines the impact of “talent pipelines” on organizational and community outcomes. In particular, his research focuses on how human and social capital influences firm operational and financial outcomes, talent management in the context of new ventures and growth-oriented firms, the role of human resource practices in driving firm innovation and the impact of social issues on firm outcomes.
Prof. Williamson’s research has been published in several leading academic journals (e.g., Academy of Management Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology) and has been covered by several leading media outlets across the world. He has served on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Academy Management Review, Academy of Management Education and Learning, Journal of Management and Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal and Journal of Management.
Williamson is a past recipient of the Academy of Management (AOM) Education Division best paper award for his research on high performing teams and the AOM Human Resource Division best paper award for his research on the effect of employee mobility on firm performance. He is a recipient of the AOM Best Practices Mentoring Award for his role as the founding President of the Management Faculty of Color Association (MFCA). Williamson is also a recipient of the AOM Ralph Alexander Best Dissertation Award for his research examining the top management team (TMT) selection decisions of Fortune 500 firms. He also received the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School Outstanding Ph.D. Student Award. In 2019 Williamson was inducted into the Ph.D Project Hall of Fame.
A passionate educator, Professor Williamson has been recognized for his innovative approaches to business education. He is a past recipient of the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business Krowe Teaching Award, the Melbourne Business School Senior Executive MBA Teaching Award, the University of Melbourne Award for Excellence and Innovation in Indigenous Higher Education and the Business/Higher Education Round Table CPA Australia/ABDC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business Education Collaboration.
Williamson has worked with executives in over 20 countries across six continents helping organizations in the areas of strategic human resource management, managing organizational innovation, employee recruitment and retention, and executive coaching for organizations such as Accenture, ANZ, Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL), BDO, Bunnings, BHP, CBRE Clemenger, CSR, Etihad Airlines, King & Wood Malleson, Kiwi Bank, PwC, Lockheed Martin, Ngāi Tahu Holdings, Nestle, Orang Tua Group, Petronas, SEEK, Sussan Corporation, The Royal Women’s Hospital, Vision Australia and Urbis. Williamson has served on the boards of the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA), the USA not-for-profit organization Leave No Veteran Behind and Wellington UniVentures (the commercialization subsidiary of Victoria University of Wellington, NZ).