Tim Gardner

Associate Professor

  • Management

Tim Gardner


Ph.D., Cornell University
M.L.H.R., The Ohio State University
B.L.S., Bowling Green State University


Research Interests:

I study the process of lateral hiring to better understand the routines by which organizations discover, value, create, and utilize human capital. I also publish research in the field of strategic human resource management, the study of how organizations manage human capital to gain and maintain a competitive advantage relative to rivals.

Google Scholar Citations


Human Capital Strategy, Talent Management, Employment Branding, Employee Selection, Employee Retention, Lateral Hiring, and Labor Market Competition


2017, Academy of Management, Human Resources Innovative Teaching Award
2015, Graduate Student Mentoring Award, Department of Management, Huntsman School of Business​, Utah State University​
2007, Teacher of the Year, Awarded by the MBA Students of the Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University


Professor Gardner is a recognized expert on strategic human resource management, including aligning HR systems with firm strategy, employment branding, unorthodox sourcing and recruiting techniques, and retention. His career includes extensive experience in the human resources field for several U.S.-based companies.

Gardner's research on competition for human capital and the relationship between human resource practices and firm performance has appeared or is forthcoming in such leading publications as Harvard Business Review, Journal of Management, Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, Business Ethics Quarterly, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Academy of Management Journal, Personnel Psychology, Asia-Pacific Journal of Human Resources, and Human Resource Management. His current research interests focus on how organizations identify those at risk of quitting, the tactics used to retain them, and the effectiveness of these interventions. Gardner's research has been cited over 3000 times in the journals tracked by Google Scholar.

Prior to joining the Huntsman School, Gardner served as a Lecturer at Cornell University, Assistant Professor at the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University, and Associate Professor at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. His research has been recognized with numerous grants, awards and distinctions, including the Robert Whitman Fellowship at the Marriott School of Management, the Ralph Alexander Best Dissertation Award from the Human Resource Division of the Academy of Management, research grants from the Kevin and Debra Rollins Center for eBusiness, the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies, and School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.


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