Ryan D. Zimmerman
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:30 PM or by appointment
Academic Area(s): Human Resource Management, Employee Recruiting, Selection and Retention, Individual Differences, Meta-Analysis
Ph. D. University of Iowa, 2006
M.B.A. University of Iowa, 1999
B.S. University of the State of New York – Regents College, 1996
Associate Professor of Management, Virginia Tech, 2013 – Present
Assistant Professor of Management, Texas A&M University, 2006 – 2013
Director, Master of Science in Human Resource Management Program, Texas A&M, 2009 – 2012
Instructor, University of Iowa, 2003 – 2006
Zimmerman, R.D., Swider, B.W., Woo, S.E., & Allen, D.G. (Forthcoming). Who withdraws? Psychological individual differences and employee withdrawal behaviors. Journal of Applied Psychology.
Charlier, S.D., Guay, R.P., & Zimmerman, R.D. (Forthcoming). Plugged in or disconnected? A model of the effects of technological factors on employee job embeddedness. Human Resource Management.
Swider, B.W., Zimmerman, R.D., & Barrick, M.R. (2015). Searching for the right fit: Development of applicant person-organization fit perceptions during the recruitment process. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100, 880-893.
Klotz, A.C. & Zimmerman, R.D. (2015). On the turning away: An exploration of the employee resignation process. Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, 33, 51-119.
Swider, B.W., Zimmerman, R.D., Charlier, S.D., & Pierotti, A. (2015). Deep-level and surface-level individual differences and applicant attraction: A meta-analysis. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 88, 73-83.
Li, N., Barrick, M.R., Zimmerman, R.D., & Chiaburu, D.S. (2014). Retaining the productive employee: The role of personality. Academy of Management Annals, 8, 347-395.
Swider, B.W. & Zimmerman, R.D. (2014). Prior and future withdrawal and performance: A meta-analysis of their relations in panel studies. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 84, 225-236.
Zimmerman, R.D., Boswell, W.R., Shipp, A.J., Dunford, B.B., & Boudreau, J.W. (2012). Explaining the pathways between approach-avoidance personality traits and employees’ job search behavior. Journal of Management, 38, 1450-1475.
Boswell, W.R., Zimmerman, R.D., & Swider, B.W. (2012). Employee job search: Toward an understanding of search context and search objectives. Journal of Management, 38, 129-163.
Swider, B.W., Boswell, W.R., & Zimmerman, R.D. (2011). Examining the job search –
turnover relationship: The role of embeddedness, job satisfaction, and available
alternatives. Journal of Applied Psychology, 96, 432-441.
Swider, B.W. & Zimmerman, R.D. (2010). Born to burnout: A meta-analytic path model of personality, job burnout, and work outcomes. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 76, 487-506.
Barrick, M.R. & Zimmerman, R.D. (2009). Hiring for retention and performance. Human Resource Management, 48, 183-206.
Zimmerman, R.D. (2008). Understanding the impact of personality traits on individuals’ turnover decisions: A meta-analytic path model. Personnel Psychology, 61, 309-348.
Sitzmann, T.M., Brown, K.G., Casper, W.J., Ely, K., & Zimmerman, R.D. (2008). A
meta-analysis of the relationships among trainee reactions and learning outcomes.
Journal of Applied Psychology, 93, 280-295.
Barrick, M. R. & Zimmerman, R. D. (2005). Reducing voluntary, avoidable turnover
through selection. Journal of Applied Psychology, 90, 159-166.
Kristof-Brown, A.L., Zimmerman, R.D., & Johnson, E.C. (2005) Consequences of
individuals’ fit at work: A meta-analysis of person-job, person-organization, person-group, and person-supervisor fit. Personnel Psychology, 58, 281-342.
Schmidt, F. L. & Zimmerman, R. D. (2004). A counter-intuitive hypothesis about
employment interview validity and some supporting evidence. Journal of Applied
Psychology, 89, 553-561.
Research & Teaching Interests
Dr. Zimmerman teaches and conducts research in the area of human resources
management. His research interests include employee recruiting, selection, and
retention, individual differences (e.g. personality and general mental ability), person-environment fit, and meta-analysis.
External Professional Service
Academy of Management HR Division Executive Committee (2011 – 2014)
Executive Editor, Human Resource Management, (2015 – present)
Associate Editor, Human Resource Management (2014 – 2015)
Editorial board member:
- Journal of Applied Psychology (2011 – 2013)
- Personnel Psychology (2010 – 2013)
- Journal of Management (2010 – present)
- Journal of Vocational Behavior (2009 – 2015)
Selected Honors & Awards
2006 Academy of Management Human Resources Division’s Scholarly Achievement
Award for the most significant article in human resource management published in 2005 (with co-authors Amy Kristof-Brown and Erin Johnson).
2012 Emerald Management Reviews Citations of Excellence Award (awarded to top 50
out of 15,000 articles published in 2008 from the 300 top management, business, and economic journals)
2015 Research Excellence Award (Virginia Tech, Department of Management)
2015 Warren Lolyd Holtzman Faculty Research Award (Virginia Tech, Department of
2014 Virginia Tech, Pamplin College of Business, Certificate of Teaching Excellence Award
2012 Texas A&M Dean’s Roundtable Outstanding Educator Award (awarded to 20
educators from the state of Texas based on their impact on students’ lives)
2010 Texas A&M, Mays Business School, Teaching Performance Award
University of Iowa Presidential Fellowship (2001 – 2005)
Dr. Ryan Zimmerman has had his research published in journals such as Journal of
Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, Academy of
Management Annals, Human Resource Management, and Journal of Vocational
He is a recipient, along with two co-authors, of the Academy of Management Human
Resources Division’s 2006 Scholarly Achievement Award for the most significant paper in human resource management. This article (“Consequences of individuals’ fit at work: A meta-analysis of person-job, person-organization, person-group, and person-supervisor fit”, Personnel Psychology, 2005) is currently among the most frequently cited articles in the field of management published since 2003. He has also received a 2012 Emerald Management Reviews Citations of Excellence Award for his 2008 Personnel Psychology article “Understanding the impact of personality traits on individuals’ turnover decisions: a meta-analytic path model”. The award is given to the top 50 out of 15,000 articles published in 2008 from the 300 top management, business, and economics journals. Recently, he received a Virginia Tech Department of Management Research Excellence Award, Warren Lolyd Holtzman Faculty Research Award, and Pamplin College of Business Certificate of Teaching Excellence Award.
He is currently the Executive Editor of Human Resource Management, a Financial
Times top 45 business journal. He has also served on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, and Journal of Vocational Behavior. From 2011 – 2014, he was on the Executive Committee for the HR Division of the Academy of Management.
Prior to earning his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, Dr. Zimmerman worked as a
manager, HR specialist, and internal HR consultant.
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