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Faculty Profile – Dr. Chester Spell

Chester Spell, Ph.D.

Professor of Management

Office Room: 225
Phone Number: 856-225-6922

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Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology

Research interests: Main interests center around employee health and wellness and how organizations respond to these issues. Research projects have investigated organizational justice and employee mental health, the adoption of employee substance abuse programs, and the alignment of employer and employee interests to improve behavioral health. His work has appeared in publications such as the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Management, Personnel Psychology, and the Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Courses taught: Compensation and motivation; Leadership and Managing Human Capital

Representative Publications:

Bezrukova, K., Spell, C.S., Caldwell, D. & Burger, J. A Multilevel Perspective on Faultlines: Differentiating the Effects between Group- and Organizational-level Faultlines. Forthcoming at Journal of Applied Psychology.

Spell, C. & Bezrukova, K. (2014). A Theory of Preventive Health in Organizations. In New Directions in Management and Organization Theory:Best Papers from the 1st Management Theory Conference (J. Miles, ed).pp.231-268. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Bezrukova, Thatcher, S.H.M., K. Jehn, K., & Spell, C. (2012). The effects of alignments: Examining group faultlines, organizational cultures, and performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 97, 77-92.

Spell, C., Bezrukova, K., Haar, J. & Spell, C.J. (2011). Faultlines, Fairness, and Fighting: A Justice Perspective on Conflict in Diverse Groups. Small Group Research, 42, 309-340.

Bezrukova, K, Spell, C. & Perry, J. (2010).Violent splits or healthy divides? Coping with injustice through faultlines. Personnel Psychology, 63, 719–751.

Spell, C. & Arnold, T. (2007). A multi-level analysis of organizational justice climate, structure and employee mental health. Journal of Management, 33,724-751.

Spell, C., & Arnold, T. (2007). An appraisal perspective of justice, structure, and job control as antecedents of psychological distress. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 28, 729-751.

Spell, C. & Blum, T. (2005). The adoption of workplace substance abuse programs: Strategic Choice and institutional perspectives. Academy of Management Journal, 48, 1125-1142.

Spell, C. Management Fashions: Where do they come from, and are they old wine in new bottles? (2001). Journal of Management Inquiry, 10,358-37.

Spell, C. (2001). Organizational technologies and human resource management. Human Relations, 54, 235-255.

Spell, C., & Blum, T. (2000) Getting ahead: Organizational practices that set boundaries around mobility patterns. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 21: 299-314.

Shane, S., & Spell, C. (1998). Factors for new franchise success. Sloan Management Review, 39, 43-50.

Blum, T., Milne, S., & Spell, C. (1996). Workplace characteristics and health care cost containment practices. Journal of Management, 22, 675-702.

Media Guide
Dr. Chester Spell, professor of management at the Rutgers School of Business—Camden; regularly teaches the courses Human Resource Management, Compensation, and Organizational Behavior. He can discuss:

Disability Issues:

  • Employee mental health
  • Workplace substance abuse treatment programs
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Work-family programs

Human Resources:

  • Employee mental health
  • Workplace substance abuse treatment programs
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Work-family programs