SAP’s Dr. Steve Hunt Named SIOP Fellow for Advancing the Application of Industrial and Organizational Psychology to Improve Human Capital Management

April 19, 2018

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SAP NEWSBYTE — SAP SE today announced that Dr. Steve Hunt, senior vice president of human capital management (HCM) research at SAP SuccessFactors, has been named a fellow by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). This prestigious honor is in recognition of Dr. Hunt’s outstanding accomplishments in industrial and organizational psychology and his contributions to the advancement of using psychological knowledge to improve the world of work.

Dr. Hunt pioneered the application of technology to improve human capital management. His career has elevated and advanced the use of technology in industrial and organizational psychology and human resource management. This work has enabled the widespread application of evidence-based psychological theories and methods to support workforce staffing, management and development. Dr. Hunt leads the SAP SuccessFactors HCM Research team, a group of psychologists who study the use of cloud technology to positively influence workforce behavior and talent management decisions. Their work informs the design of SAP® SuccessFactors® solutions and supports SAP SuccessFactors customers to improve workforce engagement, development, agility and well-being.

“While we are a technology company, people are at the core of everything we do in our business, particularly as we look to address how people use the technology we build to improve their experience at work,” SAP SuccessFactors President Greg Tomb said. “Psychology has for years played a critical role in how we develop technology that is truly designed for people, and we are proud to have Steve on our team, helping us to push the envelope on how we can implement his team’s findings and recommendations in our solutions. I know I speak for all of us at SAP as I take this opportunity to congratulate Steve on this impressive accomplishment.”

Dr. Hunt has played a pivotal role in the design and deployment of HCM technology systems used by more than 6,000 organizations around the globe, including many of the largest companies in the world. These systems have influenced the careers of millions of employees at all levels and stages of their careers. Dr. Hunt will accept the SIOP Fellowship at the 33rd Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, which will be held April 19-21 in Chicago, Ill. Following the awards ceremony on April 19, the newly inducted SIOP Fellows will be listed here.

At the 2018 SIOP Conference Dr. Hunt will be participating in the panel “It’s All About That Hustle: Navigating the Gig Economy,” which will explore psychological issues related to the selection, management and motivation of contract workers. Dr. Hunt’s SAP SuccessFactors HCM Research Team also will be presenting at the event. Dr. Autumn Krauss, principal scientist, and Amy Pytlovany, research scientist, will be participating in the panel “Technology and Workforce Health and Well-Being: Both a Cause and a Cure?,” which will examine the role of technology in both perpetuating and resolving workplace stress and the associated individual and organizational health outcomes. Dr. Krauss will also be moderating the panel “Collaborating Across Scientific Disciplines: Making I-O More Cross-Disciplinary” on how I-O psychologists can better collaborate to positively impact employee and organizational performance. SAP SuccessFactors solutions consultant Tatiana Arthur will discuss transforming HR processes to access, better serve and maximize the potential of neurodiverse talent at I/O Shaken & Stirred. For more information, visit


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