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UBC Sauder’s Karl Aquino wins award as one of UBC’s outstanding researchers

Karl Aquino
Posted 2022-03-29

UBC Sauder Professor Karl Aquino has been recognized as one of the top researchers at the University of British Columbia, earning a 2021 UBC Killam Research Prize in the Arts & Humanities, Senior Category.

Professor Aquino, who is the Richard Poon Professor of Organizations and Society and is a Professor in the Marketing and Behavioural Science Division at UBC Sauder, conducts research in the areas of forgiveness and reconciliation, moral cognition and behaviour, status and social dominance, organizational justice, and workplace victimization.

Professor Aquino a highly prolific and impactful researcher who has conducted his foundational work in areas such as moral identity and victimization. Since obtaining his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior at Northwestern University in 1992, Professor Aquino has compiled a stellar publication record including over 95 refereed journal articles and 10 book chapters. Professor Aquino’s refereed articles are published primarily in the most influential and selective journals in management including Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Academy of Management Review, and Journal of Marketing. The impact of his impressive publication record is reflected in over 25,000 Google Scholar citations, with over 50 papers having received more than 100 citations, an extraordinary record in the applied social sciences. Professor Aquino’s research projects have received significant media attention with profiles of his various projects appearing in outlets such as the Washington Post, The Guardian, Globe and Mail, and The Atlantic.

His recently published research includes a study that found that those who falsely signal victimhood and virtue correlate with a higher likelihood to hold dark triad personality traits (narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism), and a study that examines people who adopt vigilantism as a personal identity, and how this identity affects their actions within organizations.

Winners were selected by UBC’s Faculty Research Award Committee, which spans arts and humanities, business, applied science, science, and medicine. Professor Aquino was selected for his outstanding research and scholarly contributions.

The Office of the VP, Research and Innovation will be hosting a reception on June 3, 2022 to acknowledge the achievements of our researchers.