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About Ian Williamson

Ian's expertise is in the recruitment, development, and retention of knowledge workers (e.g., executives, IT workers, consultants, and lawyers). He also examines recruitment and selection issues in the context of small businesses, how Internet technologies can enhance firm recruitment outcomes, and the recruitment and retention of diverse workforces. More recently, his research examines the role of human resource practices in driving firm innovation. His work has been published in several leading academic journals (e.g., Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of Organizational Behavior).
In 2007 Ian was awarded the best paper prize by the Academy of Management Human Resource Division for his research examining the effect of employee mobility on firm performance. Ian also received the 2005 Academy of Management Best Practices Mentoring Award for his role as the founding President of the Management Faculty of Color Association. In 2002 Williamson received the Academy of Management Ralph Alexander Best Dissertation Award for his research examining the top management team (TMT) selection decisions of Fortune 500 firms. Ian currently serves on the editorial board of the journal Academy of Management Review and is also a Research Fellow of the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA).
Prior to joining the Melbourne Business School, Ian was on the faculty of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, where in 2004 he received the Robert H. Smith School of Business Krowe Teaching Award. Ian has presented his research to business executives in many countries, including the United States, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Columbia, and China. He has previously provided consultant services in the areas of employee recruitment and retention, assessment centers, and executive coaching for such organizations as ANZ, McCormick & Company, Lockheed Martin, and The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Medical Program.
Ian's paper titled "The effects of employee mobility between competitors and cooperators on firm performance" has received the Best Paper Award for the Human Resource Division of the 2007 Academy of Management Conference.
This project was supported by research money from the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA).The paper was also accepted for publication in the Academy of Management Proceedings. The co-authors on the paper are Deepak Somaya (University of Maryland) and Natasha Lorinkova (University of Maryland).

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Present Associate Professor Human Resource Management, Melbourne Business School
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