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Patrick Wright is Thomas C Vandiver Bicentennial Chair and founder and faculty director of the Center for Executive Succession in the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. He teaches, conducts research and consults in the area of strategic human resource management. In particular, his research focuses on how firms use people as a source of competitive advantage, changing nature of the chief HR officer role and CEO succession processes. He has published over 70 research articles in journals, over 20 chapters in books and edited volumes and has co-authored two textbooks and two books on HR practice. He currently serves at the Editor-in-Chief at Journal of Management.
He has conducted programmes or consulted for a number of large organisations. He currently serves as a member on the boards of directors for both the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR). He is a former board member of HRPS, SHRM Foundation and World at Work (formerly American Compensation Association). From 2011 to 2017 he has been named by HR magazine as one of the 20 Most Influential Thought Leaders in HR and in 2014 he won SHRM’s Michael Losey Award for HR Research.