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Terence Mitchell

Professor Emeritus of Management


PhD University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1969)
MA University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1967)
GDPA University of Exeter (1965)
BA Duke University (1964)

Academic Expertise

decision making

Current Research

Development and validation of organizational attachment: why people stay and why they leave their jobs, Matching motivation interventions to job contents, How people pace and space their work when striving to meet deadline goals

Positions Held

At the University of Washington since 1969
Visiting scholar at, University of Iowa, 2010
Visiting scholar at, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 1988, & 1996
Visiting scholar at, University of Western Australia, 1990, 1992, & 1995
Visiting scholar at, University of Amsterdam, 1994
AACSB faculty fellow at the Department of Labor, 1972

Selected Publications

  1. The effects of proximal withdrawal states on job attitudes, job search, intention to leave and voluntary employee turnover
    Journal Article:Li, J.I., Lee, T.W., Mitchell, T.R., Hom, P.W & Griffeth, R.G., (2016). Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 101, pp. 1436-1456.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Some Reservations About a SEU Model Predicting Employee Turnover
    Journal Article:Mitchell, T.R., & Lee, T.W., (2013). Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, Vol. 6, pp. 181-187.
  5. 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.
  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. Expressed Humility in Organizations: Implications for Performance, Teams, and Leadership
    Journal Article:Owens, B.P., Johnson, M.D., & Mitchell, T.R., (2013). Organization Science, Vol. 24(5), pp. 1517-1538.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Working in Research Teams: Lessons from Personal Experiences
    Journal Article:Lee, T.W., & Mitchell, T.R., (2011). Management and Organization Review, Vol. 7, pp. 461-469.
  13. Beyond Internal and External: A Dyadic Theory of Relational Attributions
    Journal Article:Eberly, M.B., Holley, E.C., Johnson, M.D., & Mitchell, T.R., (2011). Academy of Management Review, Vol. 36(4), pp. 731–753.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Industrial Psychology: Linking Theory and Practice
    Book:Cooper, C.L., & Locke, E.A., (2000). Goal Setting: Theory and Practice. Blackwell Publishers
  17. Disclosure of Contingent Environmental Liabilities: Some Unintended Consequences
    Journal Article:Kennedy, J., Mitchell, T., and Sefcik, S., (1998). Journal of Accounting Research, Vol. 36(2), pp. 257-277.
  18. Predicting Self Efficacy and Performance During Skills Acquisition
    Journal Article:Mitchell, T.R., Hooper, H., Daniels, D., Reynolds, J., & James, L.R., (1994). Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 79(4), pp. 506-517.
  19. The Effects of Lottery Incentive Programs on Performance
    Journal Article:Evans, K.M., Kienast, P., & Mitchekk, T.R., (1988). Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, Vol. 9(2), pp. 113-135.


Physio-Control, assessment of the success of JIT program
Univar, facilitation of merger
Weyerhauser, development of performance appraisal instrument

Honors and Awards

Scholarly Achievement Award, Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management, 2013
Lifetime Achievement Award, Academy of Management, Organizational Behavior Division, 2010
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, 2006
Winner, Best Published Paper, Academy of Management Review, 2001
Winner, Best Published Paper (Research in Organizational Behavior chapter), Organizational Behavior Division, 2001
Scholar of the Year, University of Washington School of Business, 2001 & 2005
Charter Member, Academy of Management’s Hall of Fame, Gold Level, 2000
Fellow, Academy of Management
Fellow, American Psychological Association
Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 1998
Burlington Northern Foundation Achievement Award for Scholarship, 1982

Academic Service

Director of the Doctoral Program, Foster School of Business, 2007-2010
Executive Committee of the Organizational Behavior Division, Academy of Management, 1998-2003
Governing board of the Society for Organizational Behavior, 1990-1994
Editorial board of Academy of Management Review, 1988-1993, & 1996-2002