Ph.D., University of Illinois, Champaign, 1979; M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1974; B.A., New York University, 1972.
Arizona State University: 1984-present. Previous Appointments: Kent State University.
I have mostly researched why employees quit their jobs, testing various turnover theories and ways to retain them (notably, realistic job previews). Recently, I have begun studying why people stay in jobs as turnover theories poorly explain the psychology behind staying. Thus, I have recently published a theory about motivational mindsets for organizational participation, identifying the origins for different mindsets and their impact on various workplace behaviors. Extending my growing interest in cross-cultural differences in turnover causes, I am investigating the validity of job embeddedness theory for explaining why Chinese and Mexican manufacturing workers in export-oriented processing zones stay or leave. Further, I am examining how managers attempt to retain valued employees who may be recruited away by competing firms, developing a survey measure based on mate-guarding tactics (how people ward off rivals who would poach their mates) from evolutionary psychology.
Career and Recent Professional Awards; Teaching Awards
Admission to Society for Organizational Behavior (SOB membership), September, 2010; Ranked #207 of the most highly cited management scholar (Aguinis, Suarez-Gonzalez, Lannelongue, & Joo, 2012 “Scholarly Impact Revisited, Academy of Management Perspectives, 26, 105-132); Scholarly Achievement Award, Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management, 1992; Listed as One of the Most Published Authors in the Journal of Applied Psychology and Personnel Psychology During the 1990s by Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology; Best Paper Award in Organizational Behavior, national meeting of the Academy of Management, 1987
Fellow, American Psychological Association, 1999; Fellow for Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 1999; Editorial Board, Academy of Management Journal, 1994-1996, 1997-1999, 2001-2013; Editorial Board, Journal of Management, 1995-1999, 2005-present; Editorial Board, Journal of Applied Psychology, 1996-2007; reappointed.
Hom, P., Mitchell, T., Lee, T., & Griffeth, R. (2012). Reviewing employee turnover: Focusing on proximal withdrawal states and an expanded criterion. Psychological Bulletin, 138, 831-858.
Hom, P., & Xiao, Z. (2011). Embedding social capital: How guanzi ties reinforce Chinese employees' retention. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. 116, 188-202.
Hom, P., Tsui, A., Wu, J., & Lee, T., Zhang, Y., Fu, P.P., & Li, Lan (2009). "Why do Chinese managers stay?: A multilevel inquiry into the mediating role of social exchange and job embeddedness." Journal of Applied Psychology, 94, 277-297.
Hom, P., Roberson, L., & Ellis, A. (2008). "Challenging conventional wisdom about who quits: Revelations about employee turnover from corporate America." Journal of Applied Psychology, 93, 1-34.
Salamin, A., & Hom, P. (2005). "In search of the elusive U-shaped performance-turnover relationship: Are high performing Swiss bankers more liable to quit?" Journal of Applied Psychology, 90, 1204-1216.
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MGT 791 - Seminar
A small class emphasizing discussion, presentations by students, and written research papers.
MGT 792 - Research
Independent study in which a student, under the supervision of a faculty member, conducts research that is expected to lead to a specific project such as a dissertation, report, or publication. Assignments might include data collection, experimental work, data analysis, or preparation of a manuscript.
MGT 799 - Dissertation
Supervised research focused on preparation of dissertation, including literature review, research, data collection and analysis, and writing.