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 a professor of management at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. He has taught courses in human resources management for undergraduate, graduate, and professional audiences throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, and he has won several awards for his efforts. He has conducted research on a wide range of strategic and operational-level HR topics, including the roles and relevance of HR flexibility, impact of training initiatives on individual and firm performance, employee turnover, employment law, and leadership.

Professor Tracey has presented his work at numerous regional, national, and international conferences, and his research 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.

Professor Tracey's sponsors for research and consulting include Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International, Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts, Wynn Resorts, Hillstone Restaurant Group, and Uno Chicago Grill, and he has been cited in the New York Times, USA Today, Fast Company, and the Orlando Sentinel, among other popular press outlets.

Selected Publications

  • 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
  • Tracey, J. "A review of human resources management research: The past 10 years and implications for moving forward"International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. 26.5 (2014): 679-705
  • Tracey, J. "A contextual, flexibility-based model of the HR-firm performance relationship"Management Decision. 50 (2012): 909-924
  • 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.; Sturman, Michael; Tews, M. "Ability versus personality: Factors that predict employee job performance."Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly, Ed. L. Canina. 48 (2007): 313-322
  • Tracey, J.; Tews, M. "Construct validity of a general training climate scale"Organizational Research Methods. 8 (2005): 353-374
  • Tracey, J.; Hinkin, Timothy; Tannenbaum, S.; Mathieu, J. "The influence of individual characteristics and the work environment on varying levels of training outcomes"Human Resource Development Quarterly. 12 (2001): 5-24
  • Hinkin, Timothy; Tracey, J. "The cost of turnover: Putting a price on the learning curve"Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly. 41 (2000): 14-21

Awards and Honors

  • Ted Teng '79 Dean's Teaching Excellence Award (2015) Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration
  • Teacher of the Year (2012) School of Hotel Administration
  • Best Paper Award (2011) Cornell Quarterly

Recent Courses

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

Academic Degrees

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