Faculty Directory

Thomas William Lee

Professor of Management
Hughes M. Blake Endowed Professor of Management
Associate Dean of the Academic and Faculty Affairs


PhD University of Oregon (1984)
MA Bowling Green State University (1977)
AB University of California, Berkeley (1975)

Positions Held

At the University of Washington since 1983
Industrial psychologist for Southern California Edison, 1977-1980

Selected Publications

  1. One Hundred Years of Employee Turnover Theory and Research
    Journal Article: Hom, P.W., Lee, T.W., Shaw, J.D. & Hauskneckt, J.P., (forthcoming). Journal of Applied Psychology,
  2. Using Qualitative Methods in Organizational Research (Chinese edition)
    Book: Lee, T.W., (2014). Sage Publications
  3. The Need to Consider Time, Level, and Trends: A Turnover Perspective
    Journal Article: Mitchell, T.R., Burch, T.C., & Lee, T.W., (2014). Journal of Organizational Behavior, Vol. 35(2), pp. 296–300.
  4. A Demonstration of the Importance of Temporal Considerations in the Prediction of Newcomer Turnover
    Journal Article: Holtom, B.C., Tidd, S.T., Mitchell, T.R., & Lee, T.W., (2013). Human Relations, Vol. 66, pp. 1337-1352.
  5. Hometown Proximity, Coaching Change, and the Success of College Basketball Recruits
    Journal Article: Barden, J.Q., Bluhm, D.J., Mitchell, T.R., & Lee, T.W., (2013). Journal of Sports Management, Vol. 27, pp. 230-246.
  6. The Story of Why We Stay: A Review of Job Embeddedness
    Journal Article: Lee, T.W., Burch, T.C., & Mitchell, T.R., (2013). Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, Vol. 1, pp. 199-216.
  7. Further Clarification on the Hom, Mitchell, Lee, and Griffeth (2012) Model: Reply to Bergman, Payne, & Boswell (2012) and Maertz (2012)
    Journal Article: Lee, T.W., & Griffeth, R., Mitchell, T.R., & Horn, P.W., (2012). Psychological Bulletin, Vol. 138, pp. 871-875.
  8. Redefining Employee Turnover: Focusing on Proximal Psychological States and an Expanded Criterion
    Journal Article: Hom, P.W., Mitchell, T.R., Lee, T.W., & Griffeth, R.W., (2012). Psychological Bulletin, Vol. 138, pp. 831-858.
  9. When and How is Job Embeddedness Predictive of Turnover? A Meta-Analytic Investigation
    Journal Article: Jiang, K., Liu, D., McKay, P.F., Lee, T.W., & Mitchell, T.R., (2012). Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 97, pp. 1077-1096.
  10. When Employees Are Out of Step with Coworkers: How Job Satisfaction Trajectories and Dispersion Influence Individual- and Unit-Level Voluntary Turnover
    Journal Article: Dong, L., Mitchell, T.R., Lee, T.W., Holtom, B.C., & Hinkin, T.R., (2012). Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 55(6), pp. 1360-1380.
  11. The Effects of Autonomy and Empowerment on Employee Turnover: Test of a multilevel model in teams
    Journal Article: Liu, D., Zhang, S., Wang, L., & Lee, T.W., (2011). Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 98, pp. 1305-1316.
  12. The Buffering Effects of Job Embeddedness on Negative Shocks
    Journal Article: Burton, J.P., Holtom, B.C., Sablynski, C.J., & Mitchell, T.R., & Lee, T.W., (2010). Journal of Vocational Behavior, Vol. 76(1), pp. 42-51.
  13. Explaining Employment Relationships with Social Exchange and Job Embeddedness
    Journal Article: Hom, P.W., Tsui, A.S., Wu, J.B., Lee, T.W., Zhang, A.Y., Fu, P.P., & Li, L., (2009). Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 94, pp. 277-297.
  14. Turnover Contagion: How Coworkers’ Job Embeddedness and Coworkers’ Job Search Behaviors Influence Quitting
    Journal Article: Felps, W., Mitchell, T.R., Hekman, D., Lee, T.W., Holtom, B.C., & Harman, W.S., (2009). Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 52, pp. 545-561.

Honors and Awards

Herbert Heneman Jr. Career Achievement Award, Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management, 2015
Scholarly Achievement Award, Human Resources Division, Academy of Management, 2013
Ron Crockett Award for Academic Excellence, 2009
Outstanding Practitioner Oriented Publication in Organizational Behavior Award for article, "Increasing Human and Social Capital by Applying Job Embeddedness Theory". Judged best of all papers for 2006.
Fellow, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Fellow, Academy of Management
Outstanding Paper, Organizational Behavior Division, Academy of Management

Academic Service

Former President, Academy of Management
Former Editor, Academy of Management Journal
Current editorial board member at:
Journal of Applied Psychology
Former editorial board member at:
Academy of Management Journal
Personnel Psychology
Journal of Management
Journal of Management Issues
Human Resource Management Journal
Journal of Vocational Behavior
Organizational Research Methods
Human Resources Management Review