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Gary P. Latham

Gary P. Latham

Gary P. Latham

Professor of Organizational Behaviour and HR Management


PhD, University of Akron
MS, Georgia Tech
BA, Dalhousie University


Gary Latham is a former President of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and President of Work and Organizational Psychology, a division of the International Association of Applied Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, Academy of Management, CPA, National Academy of Human Resources, SIOP, and the Royal Society of Canada. He is the only recipient of both awards: Distinguished Contributions to Science and to Practice from SIOP.

Academic Positions

  • 1990-present

    Secretary of State Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Cross appointment in the Graduate Faculty in the Centre for Industrial Relations, the Department of Psychology and the Faculty of Nursing

  • 1983-1990

    Ford Motor Research Professor, Business School, University of Washington (Chair of Management Department, 1986-1989)

Non-Academic Positions

  • 2016-present

    Editor, Organizational Dynamics

  • 2014-present

    President, Work and Organizational Psychology, International Association of Applied Psychology

  • 2010-2014

    President Elect, Work and Organizational Psychology, International Association of Applied Psychology

  • 2009-2010

    Past President, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

  • 2008-2009

    President, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

  • 2007-2008

    President Elect, Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology

  • 2000-2001

    Past President, Canadian Psychological Association

  • 1999-2000

    President, Canadian Psychological Association

  • 1998-1999

    President Elect, Canadian Psychological Association

  • 1973-1976

    Manager and Staff Psychologist, Human Resource Research, Weyerhaeuser Company, Tacoma, Washington

  • 1969-1971

    Staff Psychologist, Harvesting Research Project, American Pulpwood Association, Atlanta, Georgia

Selected Publications - Papers

Selected Publications - Books and Chapters

  • New Developments in Goal Setting and Task Performance

    E. Locke

    Routledge. New York.


  • Work motivation: History, theory, research and practice

    Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

    Issue:2nd Ed.


  • Becoming the Evidenced-based Manager: Making the science of management work for you

    Davies-Black - SHRM


  • Work motivation and performance management prescriptions

    with Greenbaum, R.L. & Bardes, M.

    In C. Cooper & R. Burke (Eds.), The Peak Performing Organization. London: Routledge


    Pages: 33-49

  • Employee motivation

    with E. A. Locke

    In C.L. Cooper & J. Barling (Eds.), Handbook of Organizational Behavior. Los Angeles: Sage


    Pages: 318-333

  • The influence of organizational politics on performance appraisal

    with S. D. Russo, S.

    In C. Cooper and S. Cartwright (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Personnel Psychology (pp.388-410). Oxford University Press. Oxford University Press. Oxford, UK


    Pages: 388-410

  • The study of employee motivation in the 20th Century.

    with M. Budworth

    In L. Koppes (Ed.) The Science and Practice of Industrial-Organizational Psychology: The first hundred years. Lawrence Erlbaum: Mahwah, NJ


    Pages: 353-381

  • Advances in the science of performance appraisal: Implications for practice

    with S. Mann

    In G.P. Hodgkinson & J.K. Ford (Eds.), International Journal of Organizational and Industrial Psychology



    Pages: 295-337

  • Goal setting theory: Theory by induction

    with E.A. Locke

    In K. Smith & M. Hitt (Eds.), Great minds in management: The process of theory development


    Pages: 128-150

  • How can training be used to foster organizational justice.

    with D. Skarlicki

    In J. Greenberg & J. Colquitt (Eds). Handbook of Organizational Justice. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates


    Pages: 499-522

  • Leadership in the private sector: Yesterday versus tomorrow. In C. Cooper (Ed.), The Twenty-first Century Manager

    with C.D. McCauley

    Oxford University Press


    Pages: 204-228

  • The high performance cycle: Standing the test of time

    with Locke, E.A. & Fassina, N.E.

    In S. Sonnentag (Ed.), The psychological management of individual performance. A handbook in the psychology of management in organizations. Chichester: Wiley


    Pages: 201-228

  • Increasing re-employment through training in verbal self-guidance

    with Z. Millman

    In M. Erez, U. Kleinbeck, & H.K. Thierry (Eds.), Work motivation in the context of a globalizing economy


    Pages: 87-97

  • Motivating performance through goals.

    In E.A. Locke (Ed.) Handbook of principles of organizational behavior. Oxford: Blackwell.


  • A Research Agenda for the Situational Interview

    The Employment Interview: Theory Research and Practice. R.W. Eder and M.M. Harris (Eds.) Sage Publications Inc


  • A Legally Defensible Interview for Selecting the Best

    with C. Sue-Chan

    Fair Employment Strategies, R.S. Barrett (Ed), New York: Quorum Books


    Pages: 134-143

  • Skills for managerial success: Theory, experience, and practice

    with L.W. Mealiea

    Chicago: Irwin


  • A Theory of Goal Setting and Task Performance

    with E.A. Locke

    Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall


  • Goal Setting: A motivational technique that works

    with E.A, Locke

    Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall


Research and Teaching Interests

Teaches courses in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour. Research includes employee motivation, performance appraisal and training. Currently has a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant to investigate priming goal setting in the subconscious.

Honors and Awards

  • 2010

    Practice-Relevant Scholarship Award, Academy of Management

  • 2010

    Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources,

  • 2009-2010

    James McKeen Cattell Award for Lifetime of Outstanding Contributions to Applied Psychological Research, Association for Psychological Science

  • 2008-2011

    Deputy Dean of Fellows, Academy of Management

  • 2008

    Harry and Miriam Levinson Award for Exceptional Contribution to Consulting Organizational Psychology, American Psychological Foundation

  • 2008

    Thomas A Mahoney Mentoring Award, Academy of Management

  • 2007

    Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organizational Behavior Division, Academy of Management,

  • 2006

    Recipient of the Michael R. Losey Human Resource Research Award from the Society for Human Resource Management,

  • 2006

    Fellow of the International Association of Applied Psychology (First Cohort),

  • 2004

    Heneman Award for Career Achievement , Human Resource Research from the Human Resource Division of the Academy of Management

  • 2004

    Recipient of the Distinguished Scholar/Practitioner Award from the Academy of Management ,

  • 2002

    Recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology of the American Psychological Association, (First person to have received both the award for science and the Distinguished Proessional Contributions Award 1998)

  • 2000

    President of the Canadian Psychological Association,

  • 1999

    President-elect of the Canadian Psychological Association,

  • 1998

    Recipient of the Distinguished Professional Contributions Award from the Society of Industrial Organizational Psychology of the American Psychological Association,

  • 1997

    First recipient of the Distinguished Contributions to the Industrial-Organizational Psychology in Canada Award from the Canadian Psychological Association,

  • Listed in Who's Who in the West; Listed in Community Leaders of America, American Biographic Institute,

  • 1996

    Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada,

  • 1992

    Fellow of the American Psychological Society,

  • Nov-91

    Visiting Distinguished Scientist, University of Amsterdam

  • Dec-89

    Visiting Distinguished Scientist, Taiwan

  • 1988

    Recipient of 'Outstanding Publication in Organizational Behavior in 1988' from the Academy of Management,

  • 1987

    Fellow of the Academy of Management,

  • 1986-1990

    Ford Motor Company Professor of Management and Organization, University of Washington

  • 1985

    Recipient of the Burlington Northern Foundation Distinguished Scholar Award, University of Washington

  • 1983

    Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association,

  • 1979

    Fellow of the American Psychological Association; Fellow of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology,

Academic / Professional Service

  • 2016-present

    Board of Directors, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

  • 2016-present

    Council of Representatives, American Psychological Association

  • 2010-present

    Board of Directors, International Association of Applied Psychology

  • 2008-2012

    Board of Directors, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

  • 2001-2007

    Board of Governors, Centre for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C.

  • 1994-2001

    Board of Trustees, Canadian Psychological Association

  • 1994-1995

    Chair, Convention Committee, Canadian Psychological Association

  • Editorial Boards: Journal of Behavior Management, Group and Organization Management, Asian Pacific Journal of Human Resources, Applied Psychology: An International Review, Canadian Journal of Administrative Science, Organization Dynamics, Journal of Management

  • 1995

    Human Resources Advisory Committee, for the Vice-President of Human Resources, University of Toronto