Michael J. Tews 

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Associate Professor

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

     Ellingson, J.E., Tews, M.J., & Dachner, A. (2016). Constituent attachment and voluntary turnover in low-wage/low-skill service work. Journal of Applied Psychology, 101, 129-140. 

     Tews, M.J., Noe, R.A., Scheurer, A.J., & Michel, J.W. (2016). The impact of work-family conflict and core self-evaluations on informal learning in a managerial context. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 89, 92-100. 

     Tews, M.J., Michel, J.W., Xu, S., & Drost, A. (2015). Workplace fun matters … but what else? Employee Relations, 37, 248 -267.

     Tews, M.J., Michel, J.W., & Allen, D.G. (2014). Fun and friends: The impact of workplace fun and constituent attachment on turnover in a hospitality context. Human Relations, 67, 923-946.

     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.

     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, & 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.

Curriculum Vitae

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