Bruce Tracey

Bruce Tracey

  • Kenneth and Marjorie Blanchard Professor of Human Resource Management
  • Area Chair for Management and Organizations

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Interdisciplinary Theme

Faculty Expertise

  • Human Resource Management and Law
  • Management and Organizations


Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration


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J. Bruce Tracey is the Kenneth and Marjorie Blanchard Professor of Human Resource Management at Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School for Hotel Administration. He teaches courses in human resources and organizational management for undergraduate, graduate, and professional audiences throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Tracey's research considers a wide range of strategic and operational-level topics that examine the effectiveness of HR policies, practices, and systems, and his work has been published in many of the top-tier discipline and applied outlets, including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, Organizational Research Methods, Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law.

Tracey's sponsors for research and consulting include Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Hilton Worldwide, and Marriott International, and he has been cited in the New York Times, Bloomberg, Forbes, USA Today, and Fast Company, among other popular press outlets.

Selected Publications

  • Tracey, J.; Le, Vinh; Brannon, David; Crystal-Mansour, Sue; Golubovskaya, Maria; Robinson, Richard. "The influence of diversity management initiatives on firm-level diversity: evidence from the restaurant and foodservice industry"International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. 35.11 (2023): 4010-4030
  • Aksoy, Lerzan; Choi, Sunmee; Dogru, Tarik; Keiningham, Timothy; Lorenz, Melanie; et al. "Global trends in hospitality"Journal of Business Research. 142 (2022): 957-973
  • Way, Sean; Wright, Patrick; Tracey, J.; Isnard, Jeremy. "HR Flexibility: Precursors and the Contingent Impact on Firm Financial Performance"Human Resource Management. 57.2 (2018): 567-582
  • Way, Sean; Tracey, J.; Fay, Charles; Wright, Patrick; Snell, Scott; et al. "Validation of a multi-dimensional HR flexibility measure"Journal of Management. 41.4 (2015): 1098-1131
  • Hinkin, Timothy; Tracey, J. "What Makes It So Great? An Analysis of Human Resources Practices Among Fortune's Best Companies to Work for"Cornell Hospitality Quarterly. 51.2 (2010): 158-170
  • Tews, M.; Tracey, J. "An empirical examination of interventions for enhancing the effectiveness of interpersonal skills training"Personnel Psychology. 61 (2008): 375-401
  • Tracey, J.; Tews, M. "Construct validity of a general training climate scale"Organizational Research Methods. 8 (2005): 353-374
  • Hinkin, Timothy; Tracey, J. "An analysis of variance approach to content validation"Organizational Research Methods. 2 (1999): 175-186
  • Tracey, J.; Tannenbaum, S.; Kavanagh, M. "Applying trained skills to the job: The importance of the work environment"Journal of Applied Psychology. 80 (1995): 239-252
  • Yukl, G.; Tracey, J. "Consequences of influence tactics used with subordinates, peers, and the boss"Journal of Applied Psychology. 77 (1992): 525-535

Awards and Honors

  • Teaching Award (2022) Nolan School
  • Ted Teng '79 Dean's Teaching Excellence Award (2015) Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration
  • Best Paper Award (2011) Cornell Quarterly

Recent Courses

  • HADM 7820 - Human Resources Management
  • HADM 7821 - Human Resources Management

Academic Degrees

  • PhD School of Business, University at Albany (SUNY), 1992
  • MS St. Mary's University, 1989
  • BA Colorado College, 1986