Allen, TCU Neeley’s associate dean of graduate programs, was selected based on his contributions to management research.
October 05, 2022
By Rachel Stowe Master
David Allen, associate dean of Graduate Programs and the Luther A. Henderson University Chair of Leadership at the TCU Neeley School of Business, was selected as a fellow of the Academy of Management (AOM), the leading professional association for management and organization scholars. The honor recognizes AOM members who have made significant contributions to the science and practice of management.
“Being selected as a fellow of the Academy of Management is an incredible — and very selective — honor,” said Abbie Shipp, the M.J. Neeley Professor of Management and chair of the Management and Leadership Department. “This small group of members is chosen due to their substantial contributions to management research. David’s selection is recognition of the fact that he is one of the most prolific and impactful researchers in our field, producing outsized success in his consistent publishing over time.”
Allen is among 17 leading management scholars elected as 2022 fellows, representing such institutions as Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania and the University of Oxford. This select group represents approximately the top 1% of the 19,000 Academy of Management members worldwide. The induction ceremony was held in Seattle in August.
“This honor is simultaneously humbling and gratifying,” Allen said. “When I embarked on my scholarly career, I would never have imagined one day being inducted as an Academy fellow. It is gratifying to have the most esteemed scholars in my field, whose work I’ve respected for a long time, recognize my contributions in this way.”
Allen’s teaching, research and consulting cover a variety of topics related to people at work, such as employee turnover, human capital mobility, socializing organizational newcomers, attracting talent and organizational effectiveness. He has published more than 79 articles in leading management and psychology journals. He also is the co-author of three books: Global Talent Retention (2021), Employee Retention and Turnover: Why Employees Stay or Leave (2020) and Managing Employee Turnover: Dispelling Myths and Fostering Evidence-Based Retention Strategies (2012).
“I continue to study employee turnover, which remains top of mind in this era of quiet quitting, great resignation, great reshuffle, etc.,” Allen said. “Much of my recent and ongoing work examines the intersection of human capital and technology, for example, the use of machine learning to develop turnover ‘flight risk’ models, predicting employee job changes using algorithms similar to those used by firms such as Amazon or Netflix to predict consumer preferences, exploring algorithm trust or aversion in organizational settings and studying how social networks constrain or facilitate mobility.”
Beyond research, Allen served as chair of the HR Division of the AOM and editor in-chief of the Journal of Management. Through the years, he has mentored doctoral students and junior scholars through AOM consortia and other professional development programs. He also serves as distinguished research environment professor at the University of Warwick, UK, and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Southern Management Association. He earned his BA and MBA from Georgia Institute of Technology, his PhD from Georgia State University and a Global Business Certificate from Harvard Business School.
Allen joined TCU Neeley in 2017 after serving as professor and department chair at Rutgers’ School of Management and Labor Relations and distinguished professor in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis. He has served as visiting professorial fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and visiting professor at IESE Business School University of Navarra, Spain.
“Not only does David produce the highest level of research, he also excels in every area of his job,” Shipp said. “He is a star at graduate teaching, he contributes substantial service to the department through mentoring other faculty and serving on search committees, and he holds one of the most important roles at Neeley — associate dean for Graduate Programs. That David is able to shine in every dimension of his performance is evidence that he exemplifies the TCU teacher-scholar model. He is an inspiration to all.”