Michael J. Tews 

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Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management

Contact Information

121 Mateer Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802




Ph.D., Cornell University
M.S., London School of Economics
B.S., Cornell University

Research Interests

Personality, ability, and employee job performance
Decision making in employee selection
Coworker support, workplace fun, and employee retention
Learner engagement in training and development contexts


Human Resource Management & Organizational Behavior

Selected Publications

Tews, M.J., Michel, J.W., & Allen, D.G. (forthcoming). Fun and friends: The impact of workplace fun and constituent attachment on turnover in a hospitality context. Human Relations.

Noe, R.A., Tews, M.J.& Marad, A.D. (2013). Individual differences and informal learning in the workplace. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 83, 327-335.

Tews, M.J., Michel, J.W., & Ellingson, J.E. (2013). The impact of coworker support on employee turnover in the hospitality industry. Group and Organization Management, 38, 630-653.

Tews, M.J., Michel, J.W., & Stafford, K. (2013). Does fun pay? The impact of workplace fun on employee turnover and performance. Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, 54, 370-382.

Tews, M.J., Michel, J.W., & Bartlett, A.L. (2012). The fundamental role of workplace fun in applicant attraction. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 19, 103-111.

Tews, M.J., Michel, J.W, & Noe, R.A. (2011). Beyond objectivity: The performance impact of the perceived ability to learn and solve problems. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 79, 484-495.

Tews, M.J., Stafford, K., & Tracey, J.B. (2011). What matters most? The perceived importance of ability and personality for hiring decisions. Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, 52, 94-101.

Noe, R.A., Tews, M.J., & Dachner, A.  (2010).  Learner engagement: A new perspective for enhancing our understanding of learner motivation workplace learning.  Academy of Management Annals, 4, 279-315.  

Tews, M.J., Michel, J.W., & Lyons, B.D.  (2010).  Beyond personality: The impact of general mental ability on performance for entry-level service employees.  Journal of Service Management, 21, 344-362.

Tews, M.J., & Tracey, J.B. (2008). An empirical examination of posttraining supplements for enhancing the effectiveness of interpersonal skills training. Personnel Psychology, 61, 375-401.  

Curriculum Vitae

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