Newsmaker: Michael Urick
Noteworthy: An assistant professor and graduate director of the master's of science in management program at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Urick was named the Institute for Supply Management's Person of the Year in the education and learning category at the group's May 16 conference. Second vice president of the institute's Pittsburgh affiliate, he was recognized for his service to the organization and for outstanding achievement in academia including authoring articles and book chapters on research concerning generational issues in the workplace.
Family: Engaged to Janet Manning of Lexington, Ky.
Education: A bachelor's degree in accounting from St. Vincent College, master's degrees in human resource management and business ethics from Duquesne University and a doctorate in management, with a focus on organizational behavior, from the University of Cincinnati
Background: Urick started his career as an auditor and discovered older colleagues had negative attitudes toward members of his generation, with a perception that younger employees aren't as strongly committed to work. He said his goal is to help people in business have better interactions, regardless of their age, instead of focusing on their differences. Workplace issues he's identified include a gap in mentorship, with a need for more experienced staff members to have conversations with younger workers who may contribute new ideas and enthusiasm. He is working with a colleague at Duquesne University to study how much values really differ between different age groups.
Quote: “We have these age-based labels that aren't the same around the world. I think a lot of it comes from the traditions of the culture, what's valued. In Asian countries, I think, older workers are given a lot more respect than they are in the United States.”