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Michael J. Tews
Associate Professor
Summary Statement

The central focus in my work has been to understand and enhance individual well-being, performance, and retention in the workplace with an emphasis on the hospitality industry.

  • Hospitality Management - HM/SHM
  • Ph.D., Cornell University
  • M.Sc., London School of Economics
  • B.S., Cornell University
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Office Address
121 Mateer Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

Employee turnover and retention 
Fun in the workplace 
Staffing, training, and development 


Bowen, J.T., Tews, M.J., & Baloglu, S. (2020). Yielding the benefits of fun in the workplace: The devil’s in the details. Organizational Dynamics, 49, 1-7.

Michel, J.W., Tews, MJ., & Tracey, JB. (2020). Validating dimensions of effective managerial behaviors for the hospitality industry. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 32, 2175-2193.

Tews, M.J., Hoefnagels, A., Jolly, P.M., & Stafford, K. (2020). Turnover among young adults in the hospitality industry: Examining the impact of fun in the workplace and training climate. Employee Relations, 43, 245-261.

Tews, M.J., Michel, J.W., & Stafford, K. (2020). Social support and turnover among entry-level service employees: Differentiating type, source, and basis of attachment. Human Resource Management, 59, 221-234.

Tews, M.J., & Stafford, K. (2020). The impact of abusive supervision and constituent attachment on entry-level employee turnover. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, 44, 1318-1334.

Tews, M.J., & Stafford, K. (2020). Tattoos and unfavorable treatment among employees in the hospitality industry. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 32, 1925-1940.

Tews, M.J., Stafford, K., & Jolly, P. (2020). An unintended consequence? Examining the
relationship between visible tattoos and unwanted sexual attention. Journal of Management & Organization, 26, 152-167.

Tews, M.J., Stafford, K., & Kudler, E.P. (2020). The effects of negative content in social networking profiles on perceptions of employment suitability. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 28, 17-30.

Tews, M.J., Stafford, K., & Kudler, E.P. (2020). The influence of tattoo content on perceptions of employment suitability across the generational divide. Journal of Personnel Psychology, 19, 4-13.