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2016 Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award - Practice

David Van Rooy, Walmart

Dr. Van Rooy is a prime example of the scientist-practitioner model we value in I-O psychology. He has engaged in the research, development and implementation of top-quality talent management programs for three major global organizations. At Burger King Corporation he undertook important projects including creating their first integrated global online performance management, career development, and compensation systems. At Marriott International, noteworthy contributions included conducting enterprise wide job analyses to inform the development of selection systems for millions of applicants (administered in 22 languages in 70 countries); this included pioneering a new audio assessment process. As Senior Director, Global Leader Development he leads the design and development of Walmart’s leadership programs. Throughout his applied career he has remained active in research and has published articles in highly respected outlets such as Personnel Psychology and Academy of Management Journal. His work on emotional intelligence, in particular, has been highly cited and influential. In addition, he authored “Trajectory: 7 Career Strategies to Take You From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be,” which is has become a leading career book. He also brings visibility to the field through his Inc.com blog and being actively highlighted in popular outlets such as USA Today, Forbes, Fox News, and the World Economic Forum. In summary, Dr. Van Rooy’s contributions through practice, research, and publishing are quite impressive for any early-career I-O practitioner.


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